The routine is commonly referred to as the "send out."
This is how I was told to train it:
Have your dog very motivated to a toy or target. (you build this if your dog doesn't come with it)
(you only train the send out after you have the "down in motion." down pat.)
OK got those two things and a good heel? Off lead? and a long down. You need to be able to leave your dog in a down.
Then you can teach the send out.
put your dog in a long down.
walk out about 15 - 20 paces and let the dog see you place the toy (you can use a box or stake but be careful with the latter - with either of these the point is for the dog to SEE you place the target/toy)
Return to your dog.
Hype your dog up.
Walk your dog (not nec. in a heel - you want drive and excitement here) a ways toward the target building excitement
As you get closer, stop, extend your right arm pointing toward the object
YOur dog is ramped up and excited and anticipating getting the toy
Keep your arm out and send your dog (with lots of encouragement)
Whoop it up when he gets the toy and heads back to you - play like crazy.
Do this once or twice a training session for quite a while
Eventually you will be at the point where you will be back quite a ways, send your dog to the target, as he reaches the target, say "platz!"
And praise like crazy, walk up to the dog & play with your dog and the toy.
After that, you will get to where you place the object, walk back to your dog, heel a few paces, send the dog etc. The end goal is to send the dog without the object. Havent tried that yet.
I use the command Vor Onn! for the send out.
(the dog automatically turns to face you with the "platz" command.)
Last edited by middleofnowhere; 04-06-2014 at 12:00 AM.
Reason: forgot something (who? me???)