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~task training, learning the pull command ~ the pull command is good to teach a dog to pull open drawers, doors and things you may not be able to reach or do on your own that may require help from your pup! the pull command is often paired with a retrieval command so that when they pull open whatever door, cabinet, etc. that needs to be opened they can retrieve what is inside of it. i will make a more detailed post on how to train pull, but here is how to train it in a nutshell! •first you’ll need a rope, or toy that is durable so they can tug on it with some force •put the toy on a door knob or tie it around a drawer/cabinet and encourage them to approach and grab with their mouth, mark and reward (do not force them to do something they don’t want to do or don’t get, you want voluntary behavior because that’s what sticks with the dog the best) •once your dog has the hang of grabbing the toy put the command pull on it and encourage them to back up a bit while still holding the toy in their mouth, mark and reward •your dog will soon realize they can open certain things and should be excited and want to do it for you! keep encouraging and practicing with everything until they get the hang of it. have patience, once your dog understands start pairing the pull command with other commands like a retrieval command for example. the first video is when apollo was first learning to pull last year, the second is him now with it mastered! what’s a cool command your dog knows that helps you out?