How to Present Toys and Avoid Getting Bitten – Bad Dog Agility Academy

How to Present Toys and Avoid Getting Bitten

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  • Jane Morgan says:

    Learnt a LOT from this -thank you! N
    ot sure if you will cover later in course, but have you any comments on slip leads and tugging? I prefer to use a slip lead and no collar for agility but not sure if that’s going to create other problems.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Check out Module 4 Lesson 4 “How to Tug with Dog on Leash”

      My only concern about a slip lead is that sometimes dogs will step on the leash and “correct” themselves during tugging which can hurt their enjoyment of it, especially with more sensitive dogs. If you can avoid this problem, then a slip leash is fine.

  • Whitney says:

    I present the toy to my dog who is not quite 2 yet… he is a descent tugger, but he will often try and regrip and get closer to my hand. If I am only using 1 handle and having him chase me, he will initially try and bite as close to my hand as he is able to. How do I adjust where he bites when he goes for the toy?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      A video would be helpful. This is common because your hand is the most predictable target. The part of the toy closest to your hand moves less than the part of the toy further from your hand. Kindof like the pencil trick where the pencil looks like it’s bending at the end when you wiggle it.

      So, we can help our dogs by being careful and thoughtful about how we move the toy (so they can better predict the middle of the toy). You may also find that a different style of toy works better for your dog. Maybe something less floppy and more straight – like the bite suit bar style that I favor.

      Also note that if you have a history of not great toy presentation (or overly erratic enticement), it will take some time once you’ve corrected that for your dog to trust that the toy is catchable further away from your hand.

  • Ed Minar says:

    Haha Esteban you have good knees.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Haha they’re doing ok, I’ve dealt with patellofemoral syndrome in both of them, but no knee replacement-level problems.

  • kpdewit says:

    Knots in my leads, good idea.

  • cynthia says:

    Wow! So much great information. Thank you Esteban for your careful and precise demonstrations. I’m learning a lot!

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