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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-06-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question USe a command before i throw her ball? clicker/marker training

My dog needs her ball everyday otherwise shes really unhappy in the house


Well recently i been asking her to do a random command everytime i throw the ball

Also i ask her to do commands she might not know that well using the ball as a lure she really prefers ball over a treat shes more into ballls then food


You think it is okay by using me throwing the ball as a rewardd there is nothing else in the world she would like more other than me letting her go in a lake which cant really be a reward after each command


like for example i will tell her to sit throw a ball

loook (stare) mark YES throw a ball

finish (heel postion)mark yes throw the ball

if she knows the command i hide the ball behind my back and ask her to do the command if she doesnt know command that well i will sometimes use it as a lure

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i don't see a problem with this at all. you should use whatever your dog find rewarding while you are training. my dog likes his squeaky kong ball enough, but he is a total food monger so if i want him to pay attention i use food as his motivation. the only time i use the ball is when we are playing fetch. i throw the ball, he brings it back and he has to sit and use his manners before i throw it again. in that situation the ball is the reward...all dogs are different, so if the ball works for u, why not use it?
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will she still remember just as effective as she remmeber with food? dogs are kind of in a strange mind set when they are in "play mode"


like okay before my dog gets to water there is a path on that pathway my dog will drop like a rock to go to the down position will spring like a springbok tostand and sit so fast also all of a sudden shes doing fast perfect ob because shes trying to be super good so she gets to water as soon as possible

shes the same way while playing ball kinda does stuff real quick so i throw the ball quick

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Yes..absolutely. I train with frisbee because that has the highest value. When I want to tone it down and take her drive down a bit, I use food.

What you need to do is put the ball down somewhere. If she goes to take it, just simply put it back. Don't say a word. She'll eventually figure out she can't take it. Then do some commands. Once you are happy with what she's done, get the ball and throw it. That teaches her that youo don't need to be holding the ball. It's just like fading out the treats if using food.
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there is a dog that my dog is very close related to namd arres he bit his handlers finger off when his handlerwent to grab the ball at the sametime this dog did lol


do u put the ball down at ur feet? usually?

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ummm...tell your dog to drop it. How do you get it back when she brings it back to you? I put her frisbee in all different places. Usually quite far from me.
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when my dog brings it back i just take it from her mouth she is not grabby with balls anymore like she is with tugs or balls with string

she will loosen up right away when i try to get it from her mouth hopefully thats okay? she got the hint that everytime i get the ball i throw it so she kinda wants me to have it i guess , plus i think she was taught to let the all go before i got her they play ball with her a lot.
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Then I don't understand your question regarding the relation of your dog and his handler losing his finger.

You can use the tugs and balls with string to as a reward so you don't have to send her away to reward her.
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no that was not a question it was meant to be funny i guess it came out wrong
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I also use a toy (mostly floppy frisbee as Masi is frisbee obsessed), to teach self control as well, as in,,she must sit/stay while I throw the frisbee and can't go get it until I release her..drives her nuts, it really amps her up, but she does stay until I release her..

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