|Barked: Wed Nov 19, '08 7:10am PST |
|I think adding commands to the fetch game works well too. Bianca was a little older when we got her, and it took quite a bit of practice, but she has to sit and wait for you to throw the toy - it helped her practice the sit command and she got to play a fun game at the same time. She also has to make eye contact with the person throwing the toy before it is thrown. Once she learned the "stay" command, we made her wait after the toy was thrown until she was released to go and get it.
We also like to play hide-and-seek with the dogs. If they aren't very good at "stay," one person has to hold them while someone else goes and hides in another room. Then they call the dog and the dog has to find them. It reinforces the recall command (and the stay if you like).
If you have a little space in your house, you might also work with your dog on going through a hula hoop (for a puppy, just set it on the floor and let them walk through it) or a tunnel (cut the ends off of a big cardboard box if you don't want to buy one).
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