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Bonkers (The training tool): Is my dog defective or something???

I attempted to use the "Bonker" technique on my dog tonight. As described by Gary Wilkes and promoted by others...

My dog was being a jerk and nosing the AC vent. He ignored my "leave it" command so out came the trusty bonker. I tossed it at him. It bounced off his head and he turned and looked at me like huh? Then went back to making out with the AC vent for a few moments, afterwards he picked up the bonker and brought it to me trying to play.

Is that how it is supposed to work?
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Yes that's exactly how it works. Lol!
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I believe so, it's what my dogs would do.

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Lmao!

Yes, your dog is defective, the ac vent won't give him puppies.
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Lol! I think that is about what my guy would do if I tossed a rolled up towel at him. "Oh you want to play!" I threw a pillow at him once when he was bugging his sister and he was unfazed. Just like oh cool, and then I had to take it away because he thought it was a toy...
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A long time ago I'd probably make a comment along the lines of "You throw like a girl" I'm a lot more enlightened now, so I'll just point out the contradiction of toss vs bonk. If you're tossin, it ain't bonkin.

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Definitely made me smile.
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What's a bonker, Precious??
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post #9 of 164 (permalink) Old 07-06-2017, 10:48 AM
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A long time ago I'd probably make a comment along the lines of "You throw like a girl" I'm a lot more enlightened now, so I'll just point out the contradiction of toss vs bonk. If you're tossin, it ain't bonkin.
I suppose some one like Nolan Ryan could toss a rolled up towel hard enough to make it work.

It's a technique that might work with soft, skittish, nervous dogs. A GSD with a good temperament would just use it as a toy and think it was a game.

Not a technique that I would use or rely on. We train narcotics detection dogs by throwing a rolled up towel to them, hitting directly above their head as a reward. We hit the source of the odor pretty hard and throw the towel really fast to reward. The idea is to simulate the towel exploding from the aid as the dog locks up and puts it's nose to source. Occasionally, a dog gets "bonked" and they find it to be a fun part of the game. That is the only time I would throw a rolled up towel at a dog. As a reward, not a punishment or to startle.
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Or Jenny Finch, Jim. Its 2017.

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