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- You would have already built engagement and duration into your play training.
- As for obedience, my preference is to have already started it in more traditional ways, and I keep it separate from my play training until ready. You can start obedience with your play/food training though. There are restrained recall methods, food luring methods, dead man's hold for starting outs, leave its by controlling hand with treat, and so on. You can start your obedience after you have built your play training up for engagement OR you can have already started it through other methods before hand.
- When you start using play training for your basic obedience, you are going to have to start simply, have patience, and wait for the behavior that you want.
- Keep the game fresh and balance that with getting the performance you want. This is a really hard part. If you are new to this, it is going to take time and attention to detail to start to get what you want. For instance, if your dog's excitement starts to flatten out, you could be doing too much obedience in that session (or have gone on too long in the session).
- The simplest obedience exercises to start with are out, leave it, sit, very short stay, and retrieve.
- Remember the rules of play training as you add obedience into it, except number 4 on the list. Also remember the play training mistakes to avoid.
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