Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southern, Indiana, USA
having trouble with open dumbell work
I'm training Frank for Open and he's catching on to everything really well except the dumbell. At first he was just having trouble with the retrieve on flat he did it, just insisted on always carring the dumbell by the end, no dropping it just held it by the end. My instructor said that sometimes dogs with longer noses needed bigger dumbells to be able to scoop the dumbell up by the bar instead of the end. The one I was using was a plastic dumbell (3 in end, 3in bar) that belonged to my BC.
We tried several different dumbells at her place and decided to go with a 3.5 end with a 3.5 bar so I bought a cheaper wooden one instead of the plastic, since I would have to special order a plastic one that size, which is more expensive, till I could see how he did with it.
Long story short it's been a month and he won't have anything to do with the wooden one. Last night my instructor showed me how to do a forced hold with it, if I have to go that route I will.
I would love any suggestions anyone has, could it be just that fact that it's wood and not plastic, and the size really doesn't make a difference and I need to go back and work on the hold with the plastic one at least he likes it, or do I need go the route with the forced hold on the wooden one? I can't think of any other area where he would have to hold wood the utility articles are metal, leather and gloves that he would have to pick up.
He loves to retrieve other toys in fact that's how he gets alot of his excersize, the retrieve of bringing the toy back sitting in front and giving it to me he has down pat. so I really want to transfer that to the dumbell.
Sorry if this is long, Thanks for any suggestions.
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