A Near Miss, almost a catch, is a tremendous motivator. It activates the same centers of the brain and has the same neuro-chemical response as success or a jackpot.
Most handlers squander this exciting opportunity by immediately trying to make their dogs successful and give them the toy.
The Near Miss is what keeps the game fresh, fun, and exciting. It is what happens when you don’t put forth your all. Not catching it means not getting it… this time.
The Near Miss is a great consequence, learning tool, and motivator.