|Barked: Sat May 1, '10 5:46pm PST |
|I'd start really small. Ash had a problem with retrieve, he took a long time to learn to take something in his mouth, but once I did, I trained it the same way I trained my bird to retrieve.
I started with letting him take the item from one hand and making sure that when he dropped the item (which he did as soon as I clicked), I caught it in my hand. Then I started moving my hand so he had to find my hand when he released the item to earn the click. I slowly started holding the item lower and lower until it was on the ground, initially with my finger touching it, beside the dog.
Once he had that, I started adding distance and making him get up to get it. Since I cackchained and taught the release first, he came back to drop it in my hand.
I was nhot aiming for fetch, but rather a formal retrieve (sit it heel, go out, get the item, bring it back, sit in front, release into my hand, finish).
Here is where I started (this was taken a few days after Ash started taking this item in his mouth):
And here is where I was in a few weeks:
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