Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
2 things I can suggest. I actually just did a Frisbee work shop and this was one thing I asked about as Logan has great desire to chase and catch the Frisbee but no desire to bring it to me. 1st - teach a target. This is something I do anyways, but it was good to hear it re-iterated. Start by having your dog learn to 'hit' the target with their nose (in this case, the hand you want things returned to). This can be done with clicker training or simple verbal training. Start by having your hand right by the dogs nose and reward them for investigating the hand and nosing it; hold out hand, nose touch, YES/Click, treat. As the dog learns to target the hand move it back into the desired position by your side. This then becomes the location to deliver all fetched items. Secondly to make the dog want to bring the toy all the way to you, increase their desire for you and the toy. Does you dog tug? If not, you will need to build drive for the toy first. Assuming the dog wants the Frisbee and will tug, engage the dog with the Frisbee. Then while engaged 'push' the dog away and run back a few steps. This will encourage the dog to want to re-engage you to continue the tug. Depending on the drive of the dog the 'push' can be anything from simply letting go to actually pushing back and then running. Once the dog is pursuing you for more tugs then let out a short throw. When the dog gets the Frisbee run away! Make the dog chase you to engage the tug reward to continue the game. Be sure to tug and reward before repeating. How you develop your out will depend on your dog too. Errol who is also learning Frisbee (and is the opposite - lots of retrieve, not enough drive for the toy) has very different 'out' requirements then Logan. Since I do not know your dog I can't comment too much there. Hopefully some of this was helpful. If you ever get a chance to go to a workshop I recommend it, lots of tips to pick up before putting it all together!
Dante - Mutt, Morpheus - Rottweiler, Faeron - GSD, Errol -Mutt, Teito - GSD, Pancake - GSD, Jasper - GSD, Natsu - Rottweiler, Gambit - GSD
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