|09-27-2013 05:37 PM|
On a recent lure coursing trip with my dog, what looks like a Bernese mountain dog, figured out the lure path and just cut across the lure field to catch it coming to the other side. He was so disorderly and disruptive that it was comical and refreshing to watch.
I think you have to make the games more unpredictable for your smart pup. My dog never chased the flirt pole in perfect circle, she was all over the place and she used to catch what I'm holding in my hand instead of going after the other end of the handle/toy because that's an easier catch till she learned that was not an acceptable way to play. And when I play fetch, she also learned to anticipate where I'll throw in the backyard so I've to up my game as I refuse to be outsmart by my own dog! =)
|09-27-2013 05:29 PM|
Flirt pole almost turned out to require too much skill for me to handle, as well. The first time mine took that shortcut through the circle, he took me down with him. Apparently, my legs had become invisible, doh! Or my dog is just a jerk
Don't give up...I eventually learned to outsmart the dog. Well, most of the time!
|09-27-2013 05:23 PM|
Flirt pole was fun while it lasted!
The flirt pole was his favorite toy for a couple of months. He'd go sit down in front of it in the garage just begging for me to pull it out. After a few minutes of chasing it (and catching and "killing") I was guarantee a couple hours of down time. It was great for the "leave it" command and overall patience as well.
Well he no longer chases it. He studies it, anticipates it's trajectory, runs behind me and cuts it off. I can't even make a full revolution because CHASING it is not his goal, it's CATCHING it in the quickest amount of time, and he's good.
Anyone have to deal with this? He will still chase a stick, but wants nothing to do with balls. His prey drive seems good to me because if it's an animal, he wants to chase it and he kills any toy he gets his paws on.
His favorite game right now is playing keep away with my Min Pin. I'll give him a toy and the two of them will run around the yard until one of them is exhausted.
He's just so smart. I love him.
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