Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Inglewood, New Zealand
After reading these responses, thanks everyone, here is my plan. Do feel free to pick holes in it to suggest an improvement.
1. Fetch on a long lead. Go get the ball and have him bring it back to me and sit in front of me dropping the ball at my feet. Lots of treats and loves in this stage. Throw again when I get the single ball.
2. One ball and backyard using sit and drop plus Rua's "No Play" method for not bringing it back. Many reps, but in three to four chase repeats. Reward on the combo behaviour of brining it back AND sitting.
I liker the mat idea of a target to hit before another chase, but that is another thing I would have to take with me on walks. I'm trying to be as minimalist as possible, but even that is a bit of gear.
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