I’m starting a new thread on self-control games Self-control games can be a very fun way to work with our dog but can also help some dogs that have problems with their impulsion/obsession. Whatever, it’s an obsession with food or toys like balls or take off and run like maniac after squirrels. Also some dogs can get over reactive or over stimulated in certain situation and it can easily get out of control; intensive barking, pulling, jumping, even nipping. So this thread is for all people who are working on a particular problem or just wanting to have or share something fun to work on. I’m starting: Running dog have suggested me some very cool trick to work on, so I will keep updating my progression in order to keep me motived and to get some advice when I fell that something is not working Like I said in a previous thread, my dog Frida (Labrador) has an obsession with balls. , on one hand it a very good things that she is motivated by toys, but on the other hand I really want her to have a better control around balls. My goal is to be able ask Frida to perform tricks whatever it’s in agility or simple ground work and leave the ball on the ground while Frida keeps focusing on me not the ball. Step 1) I worked today with a VERYhigh value toy: the squeak ball. I just cover the ball with my foot and let her decide. If she back off a few step or if she looks at me, I let her have the ball. This trick is very hard for her sometime she gets it sometime she doesn’t the closer the ball the harder it is for her. Step 2) I’m already working on that trick, putting the ball out of reach (on the top of a fence where she can’t reach it) or in a bag. I’m stepping away not too far and a let her decide. I’m waiting without saying anything I’s her choice. In the first attempt she finally decided to come to me after a few minutes, I rewarded her by throwing the ball. It finally got better a few attempts later the more we did it the faster she came back to me. I will be working on these tricks for now and probably increase the difficulty later on when I fell that she is ready.