Teach Your Labrador Retriever to Play TUG

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Teach Your Labrador Retriever to Play TUG

Teach your Labrador Retriever the game of TUG. One of the best games you can play with your dog to develop a great relationship and as a reward for good obedience. In this video I address how to start a young puppy off on learning the game of tug, in particular a Labrador, a dog not always known to play tug. We start with Duane as a young puppy of about 9 weeks old, showing how to get the puppy interested and following up with Duane at 2+ years old.

This is a great video to teach most any dog the game of tug, how to make it fun, control the game, reward and develop the best relationship with your dog through playing tug.

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22 Thoughts to “Teach Your Labrador Retriever to Play TUG”

  1. Robert Cabral

    Check out the full video at:

  2. Ian D

    Lovely dog..👍

  3. Brenda Tanksley

    An exceptionally thorough, clear and concise video. The flashback to puppyhood was helpful. Thank you!

  4. Kyle Wyle

    Just what I’ve been looking for.

  5. Penny Jo Wagner

    What do you do when you shoot a pheasant, and Duane wants to run at you and hit you full force (allowed when he was a puppy), and decides to play tug with the pheasant? Thanks.

  6. oshabana

    Greetings from egypt!
    Best trainer online by far!
    How do i get my puppies ( 3 – 4 monthes)
    To be actually intersted in pulling the rope
    They have no interest at all in grabbing it

  7. mahakhalil1

    Why is this defense drive not prey drive? I thought it was the latter…?

  8. Doug H. in VA

    The ‘TUG’ (command) is NOT a contest. It helps a dog strengthen his confidence and paired with ‘out’ the dog learns 2 useful commands ! TUG is a natural game for a dog and if he is hesitant… help him by rewarding and encouraging even a bit of interest! Show him how to succeed and be praised !

  9. Petrit Elezi

    Can this be done with a black lab too?😅😅just kidding,thanks a lot,your lessons are very helpful!

  10. Laura's Life Dog Training & Dog Vlogs

    Hi Robert, I learnt so much from the full version on your web site RobertCabral.com. Zed is an avid tug fan. I would have bought your tug but the shipping put it beyond my financial ability sadly. I continue to learn even after 48 years training. Thank you so much for expanding my knowledge : ) I did buy Zed a new tug from the company I get these things from, but as they are not taking phone calls due to the virus issue , I can’t get full access to the range. It will be a temporary measure. Zed has always played tug using her molars on a flat tug with 2 handles. Only time she uses front teeth is on a burst soccer ball. She retrieves with correct mouth position. This a great content. Thank you and Janet,Dwain and the Pack : )

  11. Edward Ainslie

    Layla loves “Tug Tug”! She loves your instruction! Thank you for all you have done for Layla and myself!

  12. Raymond DeFlaviis

    Great production 👍
    Still, I feel like Frazier and Niles, when they took shop class together. I want to master this stuff, but I have very little knack.
    But my Doberman was great today at the local Waffle House when 2 very small children asked to pet him. They each got a big hug. But that’s all breeding. I had nothing to do with it.
    And he reacted perfectly when someone came behind him at the farmers market. Again, instinct and superior breeding.
    I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you don’t have a natural gift for training, get a well bred dog. It’s worth it in the long run.

  13. Mr. C

    Thank You Robert.
    I wish I had known about the release training.
    Our 13 mo Lab pup will let go, but not willingly at times…..and she’s strong enough I think she could just take it from me if she chose to do so.

  14. JSiah-

    Tug is super fun, tires both workers out. 👍

  15. Xplicid

    You should go on The Canine Paradigm Podcast with Glenn Cooke and Pat Stuart 👌🏽

  16. Tesla Nick

    I love the idea of lifting puppy up for the release. So much amazing information packed in. PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE ! This is GOLD !
    OMG, the MUSCLE on Duane ! He’s BUFF !

  17. rrr rrr

    I need to chose a dog for a dog trainers course, what will be a better option? (1. 6 month old english lab puppy
    2.14 month old golden retriver)

  18. arun sharma

    thank you sir for sharing this video 😍😍😍😍🤗🤗🤗🤗🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹😘😘😘😘

  19. Joy 008

    My lab loves tugging so much that whenever he wants to play he brings his tug toy to me!

  20. cher tezy's vlog

    I learn so much will use this for my belgian

  21. sadhan R gowda


  22. ᚱᛖᛞ᛫ ᛫ᚾᛖᛟᚾ

    Very helpful. Did this with my aussies

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