Go Wild and Freeze

Go Wild and Freeze (I believe the origin of this game is from September Morn)

A tired dog is a good dog. We hear this all the time. The problem with this I find, is many people play with their puppy or dog non stop for 20 to 30 minutes, whether playing fetch, tug or chase games. Your dog's arousal level goes up, up, up.

This game teaches your dog to amp up but also to slow himself down. 

Whatever game you are playing make sure you include frequent breaks.

I do the same thing for tug as well as fetch. The ball doesn't get tossed until after a sit. Tug doesn't resume until the toy is given up. You can find lots of video examples of me playing tug with my Beardie on my YouTube channel, or in video files on FaceBook.

Know your dog before beginning this game. Murphy gets excited quickly and can start to nip. 

Make sure your dog knows the verbal cue "sit'.

Begin with slow movements such as walking back and forth, no arm movements. Gradually increase difficulty by increasing pace/arm movement and sound.

Always stop while your pup or dog is exhibiting control and is able to follow instruction.

Eventually your dog will offer the sit as soon as people freeze.