Oh how wonderful! He looks gorgeous even from the back. Love how he is watching the swans curious but relaxed. I would love to teach Frodo all of this with the whistle. Right now he will run where I am pointing and stop and turn when I say 'there'. Actually I don't know how he got that, just evolved from playing i guess. How can I teach him this? Any link to a video or guide much appreciated. .
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Heh, a few seconds later he was all, 'ah yes, swans, good day to you, I'll be on my way in a moment.'
I'm sorry I don't have a video, but I will try to explain as best I can. Regarding lefts and rights and so on, I trained Archer using fetching games to teach direction and a hand signal for halt. I'd throw his ball left and reinforce it with the whistle at the same time. The right/whistle and so on. For halt, I put my hand up as he approached and the first time he stopped I added sound. When he was stopping on the sound at all times approaching, I then included the sound while he was traveling away from me, and he nailed it after a few confused looks. Now he stops dead on it, which of course is very useful for a number of reasons.
For a young dog, he's incredibly focused during this kind of game and early on I noticed he was inclined to ignore dogs while anticipating the throw. Using that as my starting point, I often delayed the throws/whistle until sometimes a dog would nearly be on top of us, then release Archer on the whistle the moment I thought he might break- a sort of reward for his patience/tolerance.
Over time he became SO uninterested and relaxed around other dogs he now views them as a mild impediment to his fun and games and is remarkably calm and easy going in dog company. I pack walk him once a week too, which seems to be a great confidence builder. He's not the largest dog in the group, and must be well-behaved. When there are occasional spats within the group (usually amongst the bitches. heh) I can give the 'go wide' command, which keeps him out of trouble, and I ALWAYS throw something for him when he does this, to reinforce and again reward his compliance.
Hope this helps a little!