Ok up until recently, I never played tug of war too much with Tosca because I read someplace where it wasn't a good idea. But after you guys told me it was ok, I started doing it. Mostly I had a large terrycloth towel that I knotted and we went at it together quite a bit. She loved it because she always wants to play Tug but I was never too cooperative. Ok. Boink. This morning it was raining cats and dogs out and I stepped in a Poodle. Ok, sorry. Tosca was in the yard and when she came in she was all wet. Soooooooooooo, I had a nice fresh towel to dry her with like i have always done. She loves being towel dried. Well not THIS time. THIS time, she wanted to play Tug. I had a horrible time and couldn't get her to stay still and savor being dried like she's always done. I got flustered. She got flustered. I kept demanding she leave the towel alone and kept trying to dry her. Finally, I gave up and she sensed I was very flustered so she went into a tailspin. She ran all around the house making her whine and other noises collies know how to make. She was running wild, chasing her tail, chasing the cats. Very flustered. It wasn't till several minutes into this that I realized I had confused her and she wanted to please me and didn't know WHAT THE FERSHTOONK I wanted her to do! I have never seen her so flustered. It was like MA! What? What did I do wrong! We played Tug with something like this yesterday and now you are mad! I felt awful for her. What I need to do is now undo what I created teach her all over again that towels are for drying. Obviously i blew it because the towel reminded her now of TUG. We are getting tons of rain and soon the wet snow will come, so towel drying will be a necessity. I had it going so well with her. And now, I undid it. So.........how do I undo this situation. Obviously, Tug with anything remotely resembling a towel is out of the question from now on, but how I am going to reprogram her? I could smack myself.