Preventing Chuck It Burnout
Instead of mindlessly exercising my dog by plainly using the Chuck It, I have made it more interesting for her so she needs to use her brains as well as practice/maintain impulse control. Just wanted to throw out some ideas.
1. Dog in sit stay next to you: Chuck It and release with a command to fetch the ball. Have the dog sit in front of you and release the ball on command. Back to the original position.
2. When the dog is half way back with the ball, have her drop into a down stay (strong visual support as well) and release the ball (different command). Walk over to the dog, pick up the ball and walk back with the dog in in heel to the original spot.
3. Repeat 2 and once you are back to the dog, have the dog take the sit-stay next to you and throw the ball into a different direction.
4. Dog in sit-stay next to you. Walk away while dog maintains the position, Chuck It and walk back to the dog, release to fetch.
5. Same as 4 but I have her heel for a few yards into the direction where the ball lies, sit and then release her as a reward for the heel/sit.
6. Dog on a down-stay, go out of sight and Chuck It. Walk back to the dog, have her sit and release to find/fetch the ball.
I did all this today with Deja and she passed the tests with flying colors at only 14 months old!!! It was so much fun to tie together the many things she already masters and to see her intensity to work with me. Any other ideas welcome.