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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-30-2010, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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How do you teach your dog to catch a frisbee in the air?

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I'm wondering how to teach my dog to catch a frisbee in the air.....and bring it back to me without chewing it to death?? She is learning to fetch balls and sticks but I'm curious to know how to have her jump up (not too high) & catch a frisbee.

Any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated, thanks!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-30-2010, 07:39 PM
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I went to a flying disc dog demo and the guy there explained this method to me.

How to Teach a Dog How to Catch a Frisbee: 7 steps - wikiHow
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Command her to wait or stay while you run away with the frisbee, then throw it to her and tell her to catch(or whatever) and bring. After the dog gets the hang of the game, you can toss it and they will anticipate the throw, & start running for it.
I use the soft nylon ones but they don't last long.
I also have the Jawz hyperflite, they are harder on the mouth/teeth and don't float. But they last forever!
When I do play frisbee, I have two so the dog will bring the frisbee back to me, release it as I throw the other one. They know that the game will continue only when they bring it back.

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I'm not sure how to "teach" it, masi just does it...I use the cloth 'chuckit' frisbees, and she only gets it when we are playing frisbee, cause she will carry it around 24/7 , and either end up gnawing it up, or bugging me constantly

I get her the 99cent petsmart ones, to 'destroy'...
here's her plastic 'destructo ones"


here's what happened to her rubber one


and here's her chuckit one, that is now a hollow shell, so she has a new green one


not a good shot, but here she is

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All 3 of my dogs just learned on their own as they got older.
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Saturday, I bought a triangle floppy by Jawz for $2.99 at Marshalls, Kacie immediately chewed off one corner so it won't fly right. Now it is missing(I think DH tossed it in the garbage)
My dogs carry them like taco's too, Diane!

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Wow, thanks guys for your help and suggestions! Our girl is still a pup (4.5 months old) so I won't be allowing her to jump up too high right now. But I'd like to try the frisbee before the snow flies this fall.

It's good to know they make certain frisbees that won't damage their mouth. I will check out Petsmart for the soft chewable kind as well.

Thanks so much. When I get her to do it I'll post some pic's!
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Stosh just started catching it in the air- he's just 8 months- I floated it right to him to where he had to catch it or get bopped in the head. Once he has it, I call him, tell him to drop it. Now we're so used to the game that he runs out, catches about 5 of them, piles them up and then runs back the other way. He's close to 80 lbs so getting airborne is challenging and I don't encourage it. I've bought several types of frisbees but the PetsMart $.99 ones are still his fav. He's a fiend for the frisbee
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Max is now a pro at this. Basically first you just get em interested you know just like with a ball throwing it close "god boy good girl" Throwing it farther ect ect then if they have prey drive when you throw it far they will just chase it. And catch it after awhile
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Kaiser will chase it and retrieve ...but refuses to catch it in the air! he's 1 yr 5 months..

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