On September 13 2006, Purple wrote:We used two of the exact same toy/item. Only when one was brought back and released to us, would the dog get the toy agan.....did I word that right?
On September 14 2006, 4:07 PM, pocketpit wrote:I"m with Pineapples on this one though each dog is different and some do better with different training methods.
I have three dogs in the household that have different personalities, drives and all three are learning the retireve with different methods.
Kimber learned with the food motivated method like the one Pineapples posted a link to. I did not use a clicker, simply food and praise. If there is a dumbell in site, Kimber will find a way to bring it to me because she knows that prodcues a cookie. Her retrieve is coming along nicely and has been reliable even when I introduced it in a distracting enviornment.
Brody doesn't like food so this method doesn't work for him. Instead he has toy drive (for a tug anyway) which has made things fairly simple though I'm having to take lots of time to teach the "hold" portion when he returns with the item.
Mercy has to play the two toy game due to her possesive drive with toys. Her brain has just now begun to function in the presence of stimulus so I'm going to try the food motivated retrieve as well. Prior to now however she got over stimulated by the toy, possesive and then when I did get her to focus on food she became overstimulated and forgot about the toy!
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