Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Ireland, Kilkenny
Retrieving Dummy Sequence
I have always played fetch with Rio but it was casual with her stuffies and we tugged when she brought it back. Today I bought a retrieval dummy with the idea that we would actually start some proper retrieving to improve on her obedience. The dummy is made of canvas with a zip so you can place treats inside of it.
I put some smelly cheese inside and tossed it across the living room. She picked it up and brought it back but wouldnt drop it without me removing it from her mouth. I gave her bits of cheese and acted really excited about it but her enthusiasm was lacking about the whole thing. With her usual toys she is bounding to and from me and pushing it into my hands to tug and really enjoying herself, with the dummy she was slow to return and not very interested. I know know I have to start from scratch with this and build it up slowly but I don't know in what order to teach her the commands.
Do I start with hold it, drop it, then return with the dummy, then sit in front of me with the dummy when she returns? I want to cut out the tugging with the dummy but keep it with her normal toys, is this possible? Can anyone help or point me in the direction of some retrieving tutorials? Thank you