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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-05-2019, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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chewing on dumbbell

I finally got myself a dumbbell for training now.
We did all the steps, retrieve, proper sit in front of me and hold already with a tug before without a problem.
After a few fail attempts of him being unsure how to pick up the dumbbell all of that worked really well besides one little issue.
Whenever he retrieves and sits in front of me holding the dumbbell he starts to chew on it.
How can I teach him to hold without chewing on it?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-05-2019, 08:46 PM
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I back chained it and the very first thing I taught was the hold with a piece of PVC pipe. Then by the time we got to arriving with the dumb bell the hold was the thing he had done the longest, and he knew what to do.
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Teach the hold separately. Do you have clubs near you?



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Teach the hold separately. Do you have clubs near you?
Hold was the first thing we originally worked on and he never chewed on the tug we used. I have to search for a new club first as I had some problems in the old one I was going to. I am a little limited in searching for one right now so I just wanted to train on my own for as long as necessary.
I do have a trainer for my other pup though so I will ask her at the next opportunity whether she can refer me to someone she knows that could help me out for the time being.

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When you add the dumbbell it isn't uncommon to have to take some steps back. She needs to relearn the hold with the dumbbell.



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My dog finally has the retrieve and sit with it in front of me down pat. We are working on the occasional chewing now. I taught "hold" separately. So now sometimes I have to remind him with a quiet "hold" command when he does chew. Then I have a big party once he has it nice and still and is staring at me for a few moments. Need to phase out the hold word. I'm novice, I don't even know how I actually taught it. It just kind of happened it and was comical and blundering along the way.
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When you add the dumbbell it isn't uncommon to have to take some steps back. She needs to relearn the hold with the dumbbell.



Are you training for IGP/IPO?
I would have liked to do IGP but he just isn't made for it so we are sticking with obedience, agility and maybe some trailing down the line.
We'll try tomorrow going back a few steps and see how it goes.
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