Teaching a Fakie With Bitework

A fakie is a rebound or flyball box turn off the handler.

Real simple here, guys. Use the target as a lure, preferably as reinforcement for eye contact or a stable position or wait.

The lure starts away from the body and close to the dog’s face and pulls up towards the body, away from the dog then pushes out and away leading the dog to look over their shoulder and vault off.

Sometimes as we can see from the video with Pan, the dog has a hard time releasing their attention to the target. If this happens all we need to do is to actually toss the target away from us a couple times so the dog follows the target and gets reinforced for completing the skill.

Once the dog is performing the skill well we can drop a cue on it. Here at PVybe we call it,”Fakie.”

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  1. I remember watching Tony Hoard do these on Americas Got Talent. Like 5 in a row- super fast. Some of our dogs do this naturally so we attempt to capture it by putting a cue on it. We haven’t trained it but I’m sure we will one day. It’s a great performance skill, great for shows and stuff. You guys make it all look so easy 😉

  2. Another great lesson! I used the barrel to learn the top, stall and rebound and Rayne has no problem nailing me *laugh*…But this lesson shows me how easy it can be with just learning the rebound, Thanks Ron

    1. Thanks Marion,
      I felt kind of silly because it is really very simple and there’s not much ‘instruction’ going on. But just seeing how simple it is really is the lesson.
      Glad it was helpful.

      1. Hi Ron,

        It is simple because of Apryl 🙂
        I think the the dog have to have “low level foundation” with the ball/barell, or at least leg vault basics. And here I’m thinking specially at bigger dogs, high legged with a lot of power. My Ozz 59cm/22Kg need to understand first what I want and how to deal with this king of skill on ball exercise.
        Blue presented naturally but I had no chance to cue, every time I was unprepared. Now thanks to you and Apryl, I know what to ask and most important how to lure.

        my 2c

        1. Yes, having the foundation is totally helpful, and that is the way we teach it most frequently. It is more safe and more likely to be successful.

  3. This is a very instructional video. Just watching Apryl work on calling (owning?) the drop is very helpful to see. So thanks! But here’s my question: any tips/hints on working this with a much bigger dog like Sam? He’s got no trouble being on me (in fact, one of his specialties has long been launching himself into me for a body slam from a dead sprint– just for fun, I guess!). I’m not sure, for example, that we can do this from a kneeling position. There’s just not enough of me there for him– is there?

    1. Weird!

      You can stand up, Jeff. Any part of your body may be used as the rebound point as long as it offers good purchase for the dog’s trajectory. Some dogs come in real hard and will easily use a vertical surface, some not so hard and they will require a more horizontal surface. The line is set with the pulling in of the target – their feet should hit about 18″ below the target.

      It’s called a Fakie because it’s an empty trick. It’s a Fake reverse vault.

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