Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southern, Indiana, USA
Can you get him to play tug with you with the dumbell?
That's how I increased Frank's dumbell hold. It became a game we could play, He fully understands "drop it" so that's the signal the "game" is over.
Now we practice our retrieves then when done, I'll take hold of both ends of the dumbell while he has it in his mouth and play a little game of tug as a reward. Sometimes I'll play tug first and then practice our retrieves. either way it's taught him to take a tight hold cause we could play our tug game at any time.
It's also helped improve his "take it " command too.
The Dowel never worked for us, but I do know alot of people use it.
frank(Rosehall's Duke of Hearts CD, BN, RN) gsd
indy (Indy Bluestorm CD, GN, RN,CGC) BC
king bc mix
Rowdy (MyHearts Red Treasure) Australian Shepherd