How to Present the Hol-ee Roller – Bad Dog Agility Academy

How to Present the Hol-ee Roller

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  • says:

    Forrest loves his Hol-ee roller. Thank you for the video showing how to use this great toy in training fast running contacts.

  • says:

    Is there anywhere you demonstrate how to use this for running contacts? If not please could you explain the process? I am loving following this course and I especially like that you get straight down to it as so many people spend half the time waffling on before they actually start the lesson!

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Yes, here is one running contact session. The holee roller is rolled on the ground ahead of the dog to keep the dog’s eyes focused low. If you throw a toy in the air, dogs will fly off or shorten their stride because they lift their head up to track the toy in the air. The dog chases the roller and brings it back to me for tugging after every successful repetition. On misses, the dog brings the roller back and gets a quick verbal praise but no tugging.

      • says:

        Ah, thank you. I see it needs two people but I will have to try to do it on my own! Good idea having the narrow mat at the end of the dog walk to keep the focus down.

        • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

          Running contact training usually starts with mat work, where you teach the dog to touch a mat with their feet. You add the mat to the end of a dogwalk plank, and then elevate the plank. Then you can add the mat to a dogwalk. The entire process takes several weeks or months–the video I shared is closer to the end of the process. People mostly throw the holee roller themselves, but we used an assistant for this session. It takes some practice to roll the toy in a straight line on the ground in the direction you want.

      • Michelle says:

        I’m unable to see the video.

  • Ed Mann says:

    How do you encourage interest in tugging with the roller? I just bought 2 medium rollers but my girl jus wants to play keep away with them.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      You can try adding a rope or braid to it so she can have the ball part and you can have the rope part.

      You can also squish it flat for her at first so you kindof present a pancake. A little like a frisbee. That often encourages more of a bite. She may not realize how much she can squish it with her mouth.

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