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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Needing Speed on Dumbbell Retrieve

I would appreciate some ideas on increasing the speed of our dumbbell retrieve.

She is trotting out and back for it. Picking up properly and bringing to a good front.

I had thought that maybe throwing it over the jump(which I trained with a ball) might increase speed. But any ideas would be welcome

I am referring to the flat retrieve for the moment,

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Throw the dumbbell and send her, as she starts to come back to you, turn and RUN away from her! She'll chase you. As fast as you can. Turn as she's coming close to you so she can stop in the front.




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Throw the dumbbell and send her, as she starts to come back to you, turn and RUN away from her! She'll chase you. As fast as you can. Turn as she's coming close to you so she can stop in the front.
Yes, I am doing that. But what about the going out?
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How did you teach her to go out? how did you put value on going away from you as fast as she can? how did you put value on the dumbbell?




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Good question. First I taught the hold with PVC pipe, then wooden dowel, then dumbbell. Then the she would take it from me willingly and hold, I began to lower it to the ground and finally placed it on the ground in front of me. Then moved it farther an farther away etc. Oh yes I used food and markers progressively until the reward came when she was sitting front with the dumbbell. She' super food motivated and I felt I could get a proper pick up better to avoid munching or chewing.

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That's how you taught the hold. But how did you put VALUE on it? What did you do to MAKE her DESIRE to go and get it above all else?




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That's how you taught the hold. But how did you put VALUE on it? What did you do to MAKE her DESIRE to go and get it above all else?
You are RIGHT!! I really didn't!! I just started throwing it, and expecting her to dash out!LOL!

When I began, I started doing a play retrieve. But she would run out and chew it. So I back chained.

Suggestions on motivating???
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She already knows the hold. So hold a ball and the dumbbell out. Do not let her get the ball. She has to make the right choice. You want the ball? Take the dumbbell. When she does, out her, give her the ball and PLAY with her! She will learn to love the dumbbell. It's fun. It restarts the game.
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You can tease a dog up for a dumbbell same as you would a ball. Hold the collar on the dog as you throw it after teasing up. I also will tug with the dumbbell when it is brought back. Then after some tug, ask for formal front, quiet praise for calm hold and then out.
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Are you doing anything other then just reaching down and outing her when she gets back to you?
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