Episode 1 of PVybe Life – a Dog Training variety show by Pawsitive Vybe in Kingston NY.
This is the third and last installment of our Improving Toss and Fetch Retrieve Series. This content will be covered completely in video, images and text in our next Disc Dog Foundation online distance learning class which starts Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. It will also be added to the first update of the DiscDogger’s Toolkit.
Reward Placement and Field Pressure in Toss and Fetch
If you are playing by the rules of Toss and Fetch, the field only goes away from the handler in one direction. It’s a law of Toss and Fetch, actually. The throwing line defines the direction we’re going to play. If you play the game of Toss and Fetch you can easily see that the cool part for the dog takes place only while moving away from the handler. There is nothing to look forward to on the … Read More »
A few Days ago I wrote about Improving a Toss and Fetch Retrieve and said that I’d share two techniques that we use here at Pawsitive Vybe to increase our Retrieve speed in our dogs. Here’s is the first technique, Bitework.
These techniques will be covered in complete detail in pictures and video in our Disc Dog Foundation Class which starts Wednesday and added to the first update of the DiscDogger’s Toolkit.
Adding Value With Bitework
Adding value to the area around the handler is vital for getting a strong retrieve. This is nowhere more important than in the game of Toss and Fetch.
In Toss and Fetch, some dogs naturally perceive the area around the handler as extremely valuable because that is where throws come from so they haul butt back to the handler. But I would think dogs like this are a … Read More »
I have been asked on more than one occasion,”How do I get a faster Retrieve out of my dog in toss and fetch?”
It’s a simple answer, all you have to do is to give your dog a reason to haul butt back to you. This simple fact often escapes handlers because we all get caught up in the game of toss and fetch – the time, the distance, and the single disc – and we go out and practice, practice, practice the game by the rules.
This is classic cart before the horse thinking and flies in the face of any kind of athletic training you can think of.
Imagine a football team that practiced only by scrimmaging (live game simulation). No walk throughs of plays, no running tires, no tackling drills, no catching drills, no practicing kickoffs and kickoff returns. This … Read More »
Attention and Targeting are the basis of team based work. Without these skills teams don’t function very effectively. Shaping…
This is a response to a post in a Discussion on K9Athlete.com
I know this is an older thread. The funny part is I have instructed folks on the retrieve and trained successfully four of my own dogs to do it….then I got Zeke. He will be great at freestyle, he will drop the disc as soon as he sees me with the next one…..its the t/f foundation we lack, the retrieval of ONE disc….he thinks its great fun the run around with the disc all by him self, chew it, keep away. I have tried ALL my tricks I have used with previous dogs….I don’t really see him making any connections or progress…..suggestions?
Hint: In a small area, there is no room to run away. Biting and dropping happen in the same place.
Mechanics and Methodology
2 Disc Bite Work
Tugging 101 … Read More »