Video: 2-Toy Game, Tugging, Retrieving – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Video: 2-Toy Game, Tugging, Retrieving

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  • kbjones70 says:

    What are those large round mats that I saw in several of the clips? Where did you get them?

  • Judi says:

    Do you show them the toy while you run the circle?

    • Sarah Baker says:

      I try to use the toy as a reward and not a lure. So we run, mark good running (no jumping or biting), then reward with the toy or food.

  • Beth Brock says:

    So in the last section circle work, what is the best strategy if the dog wants to jump up and nite arm. He stops pretty quickly but then I have stopped motion.

    • Sarah Baker says:

      I would mark a behavior you like then use placement of reward to prevent the biting. Marking is important so the dog knows what behavior was correct. I would reward before he bites, out a low hand or by tossing the food or toy on the ground (with a “get it” cue) to keep him away from hands. Raise criteria with success and make sure to not reward reps where he bites you. You can also move slower at first so there is less arousal then build speed back in.

  • says:

    Regarding the early circle work…when I run and try to stay ahead of my dog I get so winded I feel like I am going to have a heart attack. How can an old person do this without running so hard? I am almost 60 and I get so tired. But I am determined to be the oldest person ever on the world team so I must get over this.

    • Sarah Baker says:

      I love your attitude!
      Be on the inside of the circle most of the time, that way your dog runs a larger circle than you. You could also have several posts/cones/wings out to send your dog around and alternate sending out for large circles vs calling in for a tight circle around you. For exercise I taught Hops to run giant circles around me while I walk or jog in a small circle. It is just fine as well to do one or two reps then take a break. But sending really is your friend. If you have great sends and verbal cues and independent obstacles you can run almost any course no matter your speed!

      • says:

        I love the circle idea. That is so smart and I’ve never heard it before. With Toby I did something similar, but not nearly so useful. I taught him to run in a straight line back and forth so that I could go to a small grassy rectangular area and give him great exercise by just tossing his bumper and letting him run to and fro. I would pretend to try to catch him and pinch his butt. To this day it is his most favorite game.

        The downside to this game is that it requires quite an open space…and it does not really involve the person enough. This has caused me many problems at indoor trials because his favorite game is clearly not available. So with Flare I did things differently and taught her to really drive into me with a toy and tug. She is very body conscious and not so fierce as Toby so I can tug with her easily for a long period of time without tiring myself out. And I can play this game in a very small area.

        But the circle idea is much much better. I think that you can do it in a much more restricted area and you can add in the concepts of sending to a post/cone/wing for educational purposes. Essentially you are turning the entire agility course into the dogs favorite game.

        To be honest, the primary reason I do any training is to give my dogs great exercise because it makes them so content. If I don’t give them a big dose of vigorous exercise every single day they start to be unhappy and get into dangerous mischief. This idea alone makes me OH SO HAPPY I enrolled for this class. A new and useful idea that meets all my desires. Happy dance.

  • Barbara Cordell says:

    How long (days; weeks) does this video span?

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