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Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekly Wag #9: Sit & Stay
More Fetch Preparation

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
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Tanner at Attention

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Nice Stay, Tanner
Welcome back for more Weekly Wag fun and bonding time with your dog. If you've joined the group to give feedback and win prizes, be sure to leave your comments at the first post at this link. That's where I'll draw a winner from at the end of March. I'm thinking this first giveaway will involve a dog training video and something fun for Fido as well. 

Speaking of March, we're working on getting our dog ready to play a fun game of Fetch. You know, the kind where he actually brings the toy back to you and releases it so you can throw it again. 

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Waiting Patiently For the Throw
This week let's practice helping our dogs understand the concept of wait for the throw. Practicing Sit and Stay while you prepare to throw the ball, position yourself or wipe the slobber off of the toy is a great way to help Fido get the message that you set the pace of the game. I never throw the ball until Tanner is sitting nicely and making eye contact. Actually, he's probably watching the toy, but it's the same concept--focus.

Plenty of praise when your dog is sitting patiently will work wonders, but so will waiting until you get that behavior, before you toss the ball. After many repetitions of this, he'll get the idea and suddenly he'll want to Sit and Stay for you, just to get you to throw it. It's magical when you see them have that revelation. It all clicks and the game begins to get more and more fun.
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  • #8 Preparing for Fetch Training: The Exchange Game

  • #7 Make Crate Time Great Time

  • #6 Taking a Woodsy Hike with No Sweat

  • #5 Disc Dogging for You and Bowser

  • #4 Bond by Teaching Toy Names

  • #3 Photo Fun: Say Cheese!

  • #2 Stay and Come to Get in Shape

  • #1 Scentwork

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    Kolchak Puggle said...

    Koly has an awesome sit/'s his "fetch" that needs work. LOL, he'll hcase the ball, get to it, sit down and look at me, as if to say "OK, throw it again now".

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