Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Outer Banks, NC
engagement and retrieving
I've discovered that Kaiser goes bonkers for a frisbee. He will chase balls too, but for whatever reason the frisbee trumps all. At any rate, at the local dog park I can usually find two of either of these toys. I've tried throwing one and then while he makes his way back in my general direction I will throw the second (he will drop what he has to chase the "new" toy).
Now, my trainer has noted that I should NEVER remove a toy from Kaiser's mouth, but instead replace it with something else (preferably a duplicate of whatever he has). In other words, I should tease him with a second toy to get him to drop the first, then reward him with the second toy. She said this is the foundation for teaching "OUT" which we will use in schutzhund. I do this during training but during our play sessions I admit I've gotten a little lazy and started doing the routine I mentioned at the beginning of this post. I pretty much use the play/retrieve sessions to get some of his excess energy out, as opposed to doing any formal training.
I know...EVERY opportunity is a training opportunity. Well, unfortunately, now I have a puppy who will not bring me what he has retrieved. Instead, he will generally go take it to Dakota to try to get her to play with him, or he will run off in some other direction to lay down and chew it.
I've considered working with treats (even though they aren't allowed in the dog park, there are never any other dogs there when I go) and having him return to a sit in front of me and then offer a treat for the toy. Do you have any other suggestions?
Also, Kaiser is much more fixated on the toy (especially the frisbee) as opposed to me. I want to figure out how to re-engage him with ME and show him that I am the most exciting thing there is. Right now, that frisbee (or the ball) is the only thing he will focus on. I will sometimes hide it behind my back, waiting for him to give me eye contact...but that is slow going. Ideas?
Kaiser ~ Jan 25, 2012 (GSD)
Dakota ~ Oct 2005 (GSD/Collie)
Mya ~ Dec 2013 (GSD)
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