Familiar toy for detection work? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-20-2014, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
Knighted Member
MichaelE's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 2,478
Familiar toy for detection work?

Would it be better to use a familiar toy that Lisl already is crazy about for detection work, or introduce a new toy to use and keep her real play toys separate?

A Kong would be ideal to use because of it being hollow, but I do not know if using one of these for working and playing will be detrimental to her leaning to detect.

I already use it for other training tasks but they do not involve detection work.

Bear, Anna, Molly, Ossie, and The Countess Lisl von Schlaf

An Unhappy German is a Sour Kraut!
MichaelE is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 06:40 PM
Senior Member
Pirates Lair's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 314
My K9 had one specific toy for her reward on a find. She was rewarded with it, and we played together for no longer than 1 minute, then it got put away.

For a Detection dog, the toy has to be the ultimate goal - I did a good job and got my toy - if I want to see it again I have to work for it.

Pirates Lair is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 07:19 PM
Zombie Queen Moderator
NancyJ's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 16,534
I think what you use depends on if the dog needs or even cares about a special toy. With enough drive it really doesn't matter. I use whatever is convenient but the dog only gets to really REALLY really tug when he makes a find. I mean tug with me, tug with anyone within range, etc.

I vary it up for the rewards. Some are short. Some are up to 3-5 minutes.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
-NAPWDA Certified Cadaver Dog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Partner in Crime
Waiting at the Bridge: Grim (NAPWDA), Cyra, Toby, Oscar, Linus, Rainbow, Arlo, & Waggles
NancyJ is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome