Restrained Recall to Toy on a Line (Beginner) – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Restrained Recall to Toy on a Line (Beginner)

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  • says:

    My dog doesn’t chase me and grab the toy, rather he runs in front of the toy and grabs it from there. Is that a border collie thing, or am I doing something wrong?

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      It might be a little of both. You can modify this exercise by running away and as your dog gets close to you, stop, turn and present the toy with two hands and the verbal cue to “get it”. This should help him not to flank you to try and cut off your motion (or the motion of the toy).

  • dadiehl says:

    Here’s where we are today. Fudge (dalmatian/boxer) is rescue I’ve had for 6 months.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      You’ve done a great job! Your homework is to have short session (1 minute or less) with that toy on the line, in several different places over the next week. I want to hear a clear “get it” cue (whatever your word is), and I want you to introduce re-bites when she is tugging strongly. Watch the section on teaching the release–you’ll stop talking, stop moving the toy, hold it in both hands, and give the release cue and then quickly restart the game as soon as she lets go.

      In general, I’d like to hear all of your praise when she has the toy in her mouth and is tugging, and when she doesn’t have the toy yet and is chasing, give the “Get it” cue but do not praise for “effort” or for chasing.

  • jflatten says:

    So in this lesson, Sarah is doing what Esteban said not to do in the previous two lessons once the dog contacts the toy. She is flipping the toy back and forth in front of her. Is that because this dog already knows how to bite the toy?

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