Bring IT Back/Come Back Week 2

Bring IT Back Class –  week 2

Week 2 – Outline

  • No Grabs
  • Name response – Introducing Distractions
  • Deliver to hand – Progression
  • Get it Game – Back to Tug
  • Reliable recalls – Drill 

Teaching not to Grab     Photo – Week 2 Not to Grab

  • If you have a dog that grabs, it is reasonable that you have DESIRE built on tugging.
  • Once your dog has great desire for tug, it is time to add your “rules” to the game.
  • Start with your dog tugging.
  • When ready, say OUT, take the toy from your dog and hold it in front of you so your dog has the opportunity to grab it.
  • If your dog stays away from the toy, reward him with a game of tug or feeding your dog a few treats.
  • On the other hand, if your dog tries to grab the toy, mark the behavior with your negative reinforcement word, such as “no” or “wrong”, AND move your free hand between your dog and the toy hand.
  • Praise your dog for moving away from the toy hand.
  • Begin a new tug game, again breaking the action, giving your OUT command and testing to make sure your dog will stay away.


  • Once your dog is releasing the toy on your first command, it is time to start training in a more stimulating location.  Examples might include, a training building, dog show, outside a dog park, etc.  Repeat the procedure above testing your dog and making sure he will not GRAB and reward all efforts.
  • Adding various commands with your toy visible.  Testing your dog’s ability to think with a reward present can become a GREAT game.  Have your toy in your hand or at your side BUT where you dog can SEE it.  Ask your dog to spin, sit, or down.  If your dog performs the command quickly, reward with a game of tug.  If he can’t do the command, wait a few seconds and try the command once again.  Reward with tug for success.

COMMON ERRORS – Handlers Make

  • Giving more than one release command.  It is important to never give more than one release word and follow with consequence if your dog does not immediately release the toy.
  • Trying to hide the toy behind you or pull out of your dog’s sight to prevent him from grabbing the toy.  Hiding our pulling out of reach can become quite a fun game for your dog.  Leave the toy out where he can see the toy and you can test his control not to grab.

VIDEO – No Grabbing week 2

Video Notes:  In this video, Karrde and Riker are learning how to OUT and Don’t Grab.  First, Karrde is learning how NOT to GRAB the toy.  When he tries to get the toy before I say GET, I use my free hand to cut the air between Karrde and the toy.  OK is not a release to get the toy, only the GET is. (No Killing command is what I use for a dog shaking the toy too roughly which Karrde is known to do.)

In the next video, Karrde and I work on his OUT.  I will say OUT and if he doesn’t release, I hold the toy close to me or say his OUT command and a sit.  Many times, when you tell your dog to SIT, he will drop the toy.

Last, Riker is playing with a toy.   He is not allowed to grab the toy until I say GET and he must OUT when I ask.   I test him by saying OK a few times BUT that is not his word to grab.

Name Response – New Location   Photo – Name Response week 2 


This week we start proofing.  This teaches your dog to turn quickly when he hears his name regardless of the distraction.

  • Take your dog to a NEW location.
  • Always start with an easier less distracting location and build with your dog’s success.
  • Put your dog on leash, grab some yummy treats to put in your pocket.  NO HOLDING treats in your hands.
  • Walk around a bit and when your dog looks away from you, say your dog’s name.
  • Your dog should immediately turn to look at you.
  • When your dog looks at you, praise and reward him multiple treats.
  • Feed your dog close to you and hold on to his collar while you are feeding the treats.
  • If your dog doesn’t look immediately, get your dog’s attention by giving a tap on the rear, tug or leash pop.

TRAINING TIP  – There is an easy way to redirect your dog from a distracting situation.  Say your dog’ name while taking a few steps backward and away from your dog and the distraction.  Your dog is not given any additional leash as you back away.  As soon as your dog turns, reward your dogs with several pieces of “high value” food in a way that encourages your dog to make eye contact (treats brought to the face and then to your dog).   Many times this exercise will defuse a situation and can be used to prevent unwanted behavior such as lunging, barking because you are being “proactive.”

COMMON ERRORS – Handlers Make

  • Reverting to lures when your dog is too distracted and will not look at you when you say his name.  If you feel the distractions are too much for your dog to be successful, move farther away so you can reward a few times for success.  We want to test not overwhelm.
  • Only feeding ONE treat when rewarding your dog.   If your dog looks at you and then quickly looks away again, check the amount of reward you are delivering.  Feed a number of treats when your dog is correct. Make it worth his while to respond to his name.

VIDEO – name response week 2

Video Notes: In this vide, Poe and I have traveled out to an agility field.  Poe LOVES the field so this will be extra distracting for him.  He really does a great job.  Each time I say his name, Poe turns toward me.  When he offers the correct response, I praise and back up a step or two as he is coming to me.  

Next in the video, Poe and I are in a parking lot.  A lot more distraction with the new noises and motion of cars and people.  Again, anytime I say Poe’s name, I back up a step or two, praise and give him treats from my pocket.  Remember, NO TREATS held in your hands!

Pick It Up game  – Deliver to Hand

NEW LOCATIONs   Photo – bring it back week 2

  • Get a toy, your dog, and go to a new location such as a new room in your house, your front or back yard, etc.
  • The location should be a challenge but not so hard that your dog cannot be successful.
  • If you feel your dog will run off with the toy, place a leash on your dog and stand, sit, or attach the leash to something so your hands are free.
  • Grab a chair and have a seat.  This will be the most familiar sight picture to your dog.
  • Play tug with your dog.
  • When ready, let go of the toy and encourage your dog to push it toward your hands.
  • Ideally, your dog will push the toy toward your hand.
  • Praise lavishly and reward your dog for giving you the toy with a game of tug.
  • If your dog does not want to offer to engage with you, use a negative marker to let your dog know he is not correct in his effort,  Or put the toy away, Or give your dog a time out in a crate or let him watch you interact with another dog.
  • Transferring this skill to a new location might take several sessions but be persistent and patient.
  • Once your dog pushing the to toward your hand, switch to a new toy and repeat the process.
  • Progress to standing up with your dog bringing the item to you.

COMMON ERRORS – Handlers Make

  • Letting your dog drop the object at your feet instead of delivering to hand.  Once your dog will deliver to hand, they must always do so.
  • Bumping up the level of distractions too quickly.  Take your time and make Bringing To Hand a FUN game!

Video – Bring it Back week 2

Video Notes: This video has 2 new locations for Poe. One is my office and the other is the training building.  

While in my office, I grabbed a toy and started tugging with Poe.  He did a great job pushing it toward me anytime I let go of the toy.  Hahaha.  Even Karrde and Sly tried to get into the fun!

Next in the video, Poe and I go into the training building.  I use a step stool to sit on when we first started the session.  Looking at the video, Poe really should have had a leash on.  He is playing with the toy a bit too much but responds well to my negative marker.   All in al it was a great session!

Get It Game – tossed treat back to tug  

This week we will be growing the Get It Game.   This is a wonderful way to increase your dog’s desire to pick up a treat/toy and RUN BACK to you.  Make this game a HABIT!

Reminder Guidelines

  • From the start, teach your dog to go out fast, pick-up the treat or toy, spin, and come back to you quickly.
  • When using treats, make sure that the treats are large enough for the dog to easily see yet they will not break apart when it hits the ground.
  • Always save the HIGHER VALUE treats for when your dog returns to you.

Building the Get It Game   Photo –  Get It – to Tug Week 2

  • Get your dog, treats, and a tug toy your dog LOVES.
  • Have your dog standing beside you; gently hold your dog’s collar with your left hand as you toss a treat out in front of you about 5-8 feet with the right hand.
  • While still holding the dog’s collar, REV the dog and tell your dog to “Get it”.
  • Once your dog has picked up the treat, tell your dog to “come” as you start backing away from him.
  • As your dog is approaching you, whip out a toy to play tug.
  • Once your dog is running out and returning fast,  increase the distance you toss the treat OR train in a new location.
  • As you train, continue to move away from the dog as he spins to return.
  • IMPORTANT!  The end goal is to make the pickup and fast return a HABIT.  In order to do this, you MUST wean off all verbal recall or hurry cues.

COMMON ERRORS – Handlers Make

  • Waiting for your dog to eat the treat.  As soon as your dog is bending to get the treat, start to move away, clap your hands, call his name, etc. to get your dog to hurry back to you.
  • Not making the return URGENT!   Excepting less than what you want in order to move on in training will become a deep hole in your skill sets later.   Always spend loads of time and make sure your foundation is solid!
  • Keeping in verbal insistency.  Any extra help you give to teach MUST  must be weaned off once the habit is built.

Video – Get it game week 2 back to

Video Notes: In this video, my puppy Poe, is learning HOW TO grab a treat and hurry back to tug.   We are spending extra time on this game since Poe is not committed to bringing back a toy 100% of the time.  We will keep the sessions short to continue to build the enthusiasm for the game.

Next in the video, Poe and I hit a new location to train this game.   It is much more distracting, so I am very pleased with his effort.  On the last repetition, Poe even says “forget the treat, I want to tug”.  Hahahaha.   While I am delighted to see the response, Poe is still reminded that part of the game is grabbing the treat.  We end the session there and head back to the van. 

RANDOM RECALL   Photo  – Random recall week 2 

Teaching Random Recall

  • Get your dog, a leash, and some yummy treats.
  • With your dog on leash, go to and walk around your front yard.
  • When he is busy sniffing or looking at something interesting, say your “come” command.
  • Always reinforce this command by praising your dog as he moves toward you and feeding him high value treats when he gets to you.
  • Place your hand in his collar and feed him a number of treats.
  • If your dog has sat, release him from the sit and begin walking again.
  • Repeat a few times before going back in your house.

Training Tip – There is an easy way to redirect your dog from a distracting situation.  Say your dog’s name OR “come” while taking a few steps away from your dog and the distraction.  As soon as your dog turns toward you, reward him with several pieces of “high value” food.   Many times this exercise will defuse an adverse situation.

 COMMON ERRORS – Handlers Make

  • Giving your dog too much time to respond to a cue.  Don’t wait to see what happens.  Give your dog a command and expect an immediate response.  If your dog doesn’t respond, back up as this invokes your dog’s prey drive to come to you faster.
  • Going to your dog to deliver rewards.  Always expect your dog to come all the way to you.  When giving treats hold of your dog’s collar while you praise and feed him.

 VIDEO – random recall week

Video Notes: Karrde and I are in a new area working on Random Recalls.  When I say “come,” I back up a few steps which will encourage him to move towards me.  Once Karrde gets to me, I take his collar and feed him a few treats.  NOTE: As we were heading back to the gate at the end of the video, Karrde starts to move in front of me.  We take this as a training opportunity and work on another Random Recall.