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Chris Engel's Bandit Flies
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Kota Learned Fast
Here are a ideas to get you started:
- Start by knowing your dogs motivation (food, affection, a special toy) and having a solid recall.
- Practice in a safe area. I learned quickly that the Frisbee does not always go where I intend it to. What can I say? I throw like a girl :)
- When Fido is watching you from a few feet away, gently toss a disc such that it will not hit him if he is completely surprised by it.
- Reward him for any effort to move toward it.
- Gradually increase your distance as he begins to learn to snag the disc in the air, making sure he gets plenty of attention for every effort.
- Keep your practice sessions short so Fido does not burn out. Fifteen minutes per session of trying to catch a plastic plate may be all that is required.
- Be sure to enjoy some one-on-one time afterwards. Rub his belly. Tell him what a good boy he is. Make this a special time for the two of you that is a regular habit and he will begin to connect the appearance of the disc with his time alone with you. That's when real progress will appear.
Frisbee Dog 101: Part I
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PS--Have you heard about the Red Carpet Cat? The Tiniest Tiger will be tweeting from the Academy Awards, and Dogtipper is lucky enough to join them with a Twitter Party to post their pics with the stars and give away some Tiniest Tiger Hipster bags. Sounds like fun--January 22th.