Ellie’s First Retrieve – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Ellie’s First Retrieve

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  • Collene says:

    When you let her win the toy at the end, you also paired that with a verbal cue of some sort to let her know the tug session is over correct? Then you just let her have the toy however long it interests her?

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      I think I usually say “okay” and let go. She likes to hold the toy but if I sit down she will come with the toy and lay down by me for petting. If I leave the field she will follow to the door and drop the toy usually, and I click and treat several times for this, so over her first year, she gradually came to always follow me in, usually without her toy, which she leaves in the field.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      The poodle prefers to keep her toy, avoid coming, etc. so I am adjusting by not letting her win in the same way as often, but when we do let her keep the toy, we do the same as for the golden, we head toward the door, click and treat, let her back into the field, and go inside. If she doesn’t come in then she will always come in after we’ve actually gone in. This behavior has also improved over time.

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