Monday, January 10, 2011

Frisbee Training


I have not given up on having a dog that fetches. Since Marley refuses to retrieve tennis balls, I've decided to try something different. I got her a Chewber and we started the following training regimen.
  • I stored the Chewber in a container of kibble for about a month.
  • I started to use it as a food bowl.
  • After dinner I would hold it and ask her to "take it" and when she gently took it out of my hand I would praise her and give her a treat.
  • I started to gently roll it about a foot and I would ask her to "get it."
  • Once she figured out if she returned the Chewber she would be rewarded with a treat I started to gently throw it a couple of feet.
  • As she became better at bringing it back I started to feel excited about my future disc dog.


Today, I decided to see if we could translate our Chewber success to our Hurl a Squirrel. I was pleasantly surprised to discover Marley was just as excited about bringing back the Hurl a Squirrel.

At this point I still need to try this in a different location and I need to start withholding some treats. I'm still not sure how to encourage her to focus on the toy and not on the treats.

I welcome any advice or suggestions.

2 comments:

HDsheena said...

Depending on your end goal, both Susan Garrett and Sue Ailsby (both sue, both canadian!) have solutions to your troubles!
Garrett:
http://www.clickerdogs.com/createamotivatingtoy.htm
Ailsby:
http://dragonflyllama.com/%20DOGS/Levels/LevelBehaviours/TL17Retrieve.html
Which is similar to Shirley Chong:
http://www.shirleychong.com/keepers/retrieve.html

Hope this helps! Otherwise, it sounds like you're on your way!

Marley said...

I'll have to try Garrett's method with Marley's agility tug toy. I'm also intrigued with using a spoon to teach retrieve.

Thanks