The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Keeta has been a great help in teaching Gryffon! It even works for teaching formal obedience behaviours. Teach Gryff to go over the A-frame and back? Send Keeta out over the A-frame and back, and there is Gryff!!! Same with the jump.
For formal obedience, we start the retrieve with dowel work. Basically teach the dog to open mouth, take dowel, hold dowel, give dowel up on command - all before introducing a dumbell retrieve.
I was having a problem with Gryff - he did not like having the dowel in his mouth at all, and fought it! Keeta to the rescue!!! She does the excercise over and over again, and I praise and give her treats, and praise and give her treats, then Gryff is pushing in, trying to get the dowel too for the praise and treats - it worked! What can take weeks to teach, Gryff got in one session just by watching Keeta!
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015