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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-06-2016, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Dumbbell Training

I would like to hear how you all started your dumbbell training. The more ideas, the merrier!
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My last two dogs. Elena and LB, I did some various types of shaped retrieves starting with touching the dumbbell, to gripping, to holding, to picking it up, etc. Each was done a hair differently because both dogs were different in their drive level. I did a play retrieve with a very drivey dog years ago and spent 3 years trying to get the grip calm. NEVER EVER will do that again. The other 7 dogs were started with force and then finished depending on the dog (toy for 6 and electric for 1). Except for the first dog I ever taught a retrieve to, they were all very reliable.

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I have free shaped the end meaning she will hold bring it, sit in front and out. I am having trouble getting her to pick it up. I keep marking her putting her teeth around it, and waiting for a snatch, but we are stuck there. If I make a game of it and throw it, she starts to chew the ends and sometimes will pick it up properly. BUT only sometimes. Not sure what to do or try?
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Will she take it from your hand?

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If I make a game of it or let her jump for it, yes. If I hold it out, sometimes, but not reliably. Once I get her to take it, she will hold etc.
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I would work on that part with a clicker. If she touches it, then click/reward, eventually she will put her mouth on it. You could also wiggle it just enough to elicit the prey drive, but not enough to make her crazy so she chews. Once she will take it from your hand you slowly move it towards the floor. Have her take it part way down, then just above the floor, then on the floor, but you holding it and then set on the floor. This part can take awhile with some dogs, but you want to keep it calm so she doesn't start to chew.

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I don't work on the front until the dog is picking the dumbbell off of the ground. I just sit in a chair and have them bring it up to my hand at first.
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"This part can take awhile with some dogs" You are spot on! this is slowly happening, BUT slow!! Thank you!
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"This part can take awhile with some dogs" You are spot on! this is slowly happening, BUT slow!! Thank you!
Good foundation training is never super quick.
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Have you always let her take it? Or did you ever in the beginning put it in her mouth? It can show them they have to do it. Something else you can try that would go along with the prey drive like Lisa mentioned. Put two short tethers on the ends, hold it by the bells and see if she'll strike it like she would a tug, then do like Lisa said using the tethers to just gently move it side to side.

My older one went through a period where he didn't want to pick up. I put all his other toys away for a couple weeks and played only with the dumbell like that, strike and hold. Then when I did throw it he picked up fine.
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