For the second part of this afternoons training we worked on reinforcing impulse control using Tuggie - a game that Chester loves and his breed is brilliant at.
There's some fears around playing Tug with a dog.
Despite what some say, it doesn't cause aggression.
In fact, I use Tug to reduce snatching, mouthing, aggressive behaviour etc by strengthening their impulse control.
If a dog is becoming aggressive during play it's because they have poor impulse control and easily spill over their threshold - it's up to us to notice before they reach this point and help them calm down.
Such situations are easily preventable.
With this method of training, Chester has a choice throughout - he could walk away, to opt out.
This is essential for building trust in training.
We cannot force trust, thus force has no place when we're bond-building.
My dog loves the tug, the human interaction and praise, it's a huge reward.
Because of this he is willing to learn to manage his feelings, to control his urges.
I believe all dogs should be taught impulse control skills - for safety and canine wellbeing.
It helps prevent obsessiveness around games and toys, it helps them to regulate their own behaviour, and it's SO fun!
When we help dogs learn through reward-based training, it benefits us all.
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