Cooperative Tug Game
This video demonstrates some of the key features in an ideal game of tug. Notice how the trainer gets the dog really engaged, and allows the dog to “win”, but there is no actual conflict over the item. In other words, the dog is not actually trying to get and keep the toy for himself. Rather, this is a cooperative game where the dog wants to bring the toy back for more fun with the trainer. Also notice that the dog responds to the Drop cue and gets rewarded by having the game continue.