Some games will help you on your journey, but every once in a while a game will actually take you backwards.

For example, the game "Raining Treats" has you tossing treats on the ground to get your dog to run back and forth. One use for this game is to tire your dog out so that it's easier to take a relaxing walk.

However, for some dogs it has the opposite effect. Instead of making them tired, it seems to give them more energy. They love the game so much that the adrenaline starts flowing, the excitement builds, and the only thing they're ready for is a 100-lap sprint around your backyard. In this case, maybe the game isn't right for your dog. Or at the very least, it's not right for her in this scenario of going for a walk. It might still be perfect for getting her attention when a major distraction is around though.

As your dog's primary trainer, these are the types of things you'll have to figure out for yourself. Just know that you're not crazy for thinking a game is actually making it harder to reach your goal. Sometimes you won't be sure if the game is actually wrong for you or if you just need to keep practicing. If you ever get stuck, you can always reach out to your friends at Harper to help you sort it out.

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