Today we went out into the country to meet a working dog trainer to help us with our puppy. He hasn’t been playing all that well with strangers and is easily distracted by surrounding nature, changes in wind, deer poo, leaves, air pressure, clouds, birds, red hats, dirt, and goats.
A working dog must want their toy more than anything else in the world. A search and rescue dog will work for hours in the worst conditions in order to get their toy. Working dogs are trained to want a specific toy with something known as drive play. Boiled down, it’s teasing a dog with the toy. Like many things, the devil is in the details.