Set up – This week’s challenge is Proofing Glove retrieves and Go-outs. Set out your gloves, at the #1 and #3 positions like they would be set in a utility ring. Where the #2 glove would be will be your go-out spot.
Purpose – Many times in the ring, an UN-proofed dog will perform the go-out to the corner where the glove retrieve was previously performed. This drill teaches your dog the difference between the go-out and the glove retrieve.
|Tips for success
Reward your dog – Anytime your dog performs the skill successfully, reward your dog for his effort. Resist the temptation to only reward AFTER the exercise is completed. All the skills need to be rewarded on a random basis!
Different levels of testing – After you have successfully completed an easy scenario, “bump it up” a notch by increasing the difficulty of the proofing exercise. Some examples might be, adding the pivot for the glove, adding distance from the go-out location, adding jumps to the sight picture, or even adding the #2 glove so that your dog must go over the glove in order to get to their go-out location. Always reward your dog for a job well done.
Goal – to build your dog’s confidence and understand between the glove and go-out exercises.