|11-27-2012 02:59 AM|
I tow one of those stuffing-less foxes with my erevo
Having done it all (including 2 helicopters katya godzilla'ed out of the sky), most effective are bubbles on a breezy day, and rc boats... Next is a car-starter powered coursing
|11-27-2012 02:50 AM|
I already play with the flirt pole and have Michael Ellis' DVD on tug and she likes to play tug already at 13 weeks old. She doesn't have the attention span for retrieve but she does chase the ball and more than half the time does come towards me with it so that'll be something I'll be working on.
My philosophy is the more variety the better. When she's older, she'll learn to walk on the treadmill.
An radio controlled car can cover more distance, have more speed and agility, and bring out the predator in my dog and engage the mental hunting aspect of her more than anything else I could offer her. Short of dressing up in a costume and running away and having her chase me.
The large field I have access to is put to good use to have her full attention and could work to my advantage when training long distance recall.
Thanks everyone for the responses.
|11-26-2012 02:32 PM|
I have a very cheeky squirrel that has been teasing my dogs. It'll run up and down our big tree in the back yard. Hondo has left huge bite marks in the bark of the trunk of the tree as the squirrel is making him very frustrated. Hondo is normally a very quiet dog. Every dog has it's threshold.
I use a flirt pole. I also have toys on bungees that I'll hang in the event I am unable to work through the dog's energy. All games result in a reward for the dog.
|11-26-2012 10:23 AM|
|Nickyb||Get the traxxas truck, these things are built to be crashed/flipped and driven on grass and parts are easily replaceable. Look on craigslist for it used, I would honestly put maybe a fake squirrel on it so she goes after that and not the truck.|
|11-24-2012 11:06 PM|
My boyfriend uses one of his rc's to exercise the dogs every now and then, and they love it! I find that my female shepherd enjoys chasing the car more than chasing a ball. It does take some training to ensure they don't destroy them though. They do bite the tires, but they are easily repairable. Traxxas is a pretty good brand, but I find the Savage flux to be the most durable so far. When we bought it brand new, it was $600, but that was a couple years ago so the price should have gone down by now. The nice thing about it is that every thing is replaceable, if something breaks you don't need to replace the entire car. When my boyfriend gets home from work (in about a week) I can post a video he has on his phone of the rc.
Where are you located? If your in Alberta I could recommend some hobby shops that would carry decent rc's.
|11-24-2012 10:18 PM|
|Loneforce||Jonas plays with an RC truck every evening inside house. I would say at the moment, its probably his favorite toy. He has always done stuff like this from 8 weeks old till now. He has went through about 10 helicopters and slowly devouring his truck.I think he is worth it though. I wont buy him a $400.00 one though thats just crazy. I will try and get you guys a video of this some time, you will howl. I also have an RC helicopter with a camera, so I will post it sometime as well.|
|11-24-2012 10:18 PM|
Yeah, two chomps and that thing would be history.
Not to mention, what if the pieces were swallowed?
|11-24-2012 10:08 PM|
I know nothing about this ... BUT I saw two kids playing with one at at off leash dog park (the big one where I live) ... NOW this was hilarious. I called Kyleigh away from it, because the last thing I needed was her destroying a $500 toy (yes, that's how much this RC was ... they were bragging about it!)
No sooner had I passed by the two boys and the RC then I hear someone yelling, WINSTON STOP STOP STOP ... WINSTON ... I turn around and Winston is a chocolate lab who has grabbed the RC in his jaws and is in the process of destroying it. The boys were stunned - frozen in place - and about 15-20 seconds later, their $500 toy was in pieces.
I kept walking.
|11-24-2012 09:57 PM|
ahh, you don't know RC cars. they can go 60 mph.
|11-24-2012 08:02 PM|
|pets4life||i don't think the rc car would be fast enough I could see mine flipping it or smashing it when she got bored with it.|
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