I understand I’m not the only one who has a pet dog with a tennis sphere obsession. Or, you might phone call it a retrieving obsession.
It gets quite frustrating when my pet dog is obsessing over crumbled pieces of paper or hair ties or a stuffed animal. He will toss objects to me over as well as over, hoping I may throw them for him.
For the most part the mutt has grasped the “leave it” command. So at least when I tell him to leave it, he understands I’m not up for his game. The “go to your bed” command likewise is available in handy.
Ace can’t annoy me while he’s lying on his pet dog bed. It’s a great method to get him to calm down.
Last week I produced a difficulty for Ace that gets him to believe while we are playing fetch. instead of mindlessly chasing after the ball, he has to put some believed into what he’s doing.
Je to jednoduché.” All Ace has to do is make eye get in touch with with me three different times: before I pick up the ball, before I throw the sphere as well as before he retrieves the ball. I don’t even state anything. I just stand there as well as wait on Ace to make eye get in touch with on his own. He has to figure out on his own what gets me to throw the ball. as well as assumption what? I’m not going to throw it if he sits there as well as stares at it or continuously tosses it at me.
Encourage your pet dog to make eye get in touch with while training.
Eye get in touch with is a excellent training tool for dogs in general. It teaches them to focus on you. With treats as well as encouragement, checking out you must be a positive experience for your dog. With Ace, I motivate him to make eye get in touch with with me rather than gaze at the sphere while we are playing fetch. It works this way:
1. I pick up the sphere after my pet dog makes eye contact.
Ace drops the sphere at my feet. I tell him to heel, as well as he sits at my left side. He listens to commands well, however he does so while staring at the ball. So at this point, he will be sitting in heel setting however staring at the sphere on the ground. If your pet dog needs a tip to stay in heel position, keep his leash on as well as stand on it. That method if he gets up, you can swiftly put him back.
While Ace is sitting at my side waiting on me to pick up the ball, I don’t state anything. I stay standing as well as wait on him to look at me on his own. When he does, I tell him “good boy” as well as pick up the ball.
2. I throw the sphere after my pet dog makes eye contact.
This part is harder for Ace since his enjoyment escalates when he sees me pick up the ball. He will stay in heel position, however his body stiffens as well as he becomes fixated. Drool flows.
“O môj Bože! She’s going to throw it!!”
I stand calmly with the sphere on my ideal side. Again, I wait on Ace to pull himself together as well as look into my eyes instead of at the ball. when he does, I tell him he’s a great kid as well as I throw the ball. He is not released to retrieve the sphere rather yet.
3. I release my pet dog after he makes eye contact.
This whole time, Ace has been sitting as well as staying in heel position. when I’ve thrown the ball, I wait one last time for him to make eye contact. This part is the simplest for Ace as well as he looks at me nearly ideal away as well as even keeps checking out me for a second or two. when he does this, he gets the utmost reward of “OK!” which indicates he can run as well as get the ball. He drops it at my feet as well as we repeat the whole process. The whole routine takes about two minutes.
We’ve tried this “game,” two different days for about five or 10 minutes each. So far, it takes Ace about 20 seconds before he will look up at me. When he does, it’s for about a half-second. He seems to have already discovered that if he looks up at me, I will pick up the ball. however he’s so consumed with the sphere that it takes him a whole 20 seconds to get himself to look away from it. I hope to get this time around down to nothing.
Does your pet dog have any type of type of obsession? exactly how do you difficulty your dog?
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