Set up – This week’s challenge is proofing the retrieve on the flat (ROF). It is important to add varying degrees of difficulty as the dog starts to gain confidence and understands the distraction/proofing process.
Purpose – This drill teaches your dog how retrieve the dumbbell (DB) regardless the distraction. Proofing teaches your dog awareness of the exercise as well as builds confidence in your dog.
Tips on success – the key to success is adding more challenges as your dog gains confidence.
- Start easy. Have a person holding a distraction such as a ball that your dog can see.
- During this drill, always show your dog how to be correct if your dog chooses to go to the distraction. Building confidence at the learning stage of proofing is VERY important!
- As your dog gains an understanding of the game, increase the intensity of the distraction by decreasing the distance between the DB and the distraction.
- Keep your sessions fun by adding games between successful repetitions.
- Remember to train in NEW LOCATIONS and with a variety of distractions.
|Reward your dog – Anytime your dog performs a retrieve successfully and to your criteria, reward your dog by releasing him to a toy/treats. Resist the temptation to only reward AFTER the exercise is completed. DON’T worry about fronts in the early stages of this challenge. Think about building desire and drive!|
Different levels of testing – After you have successfully completed an easy scenario, “bump it up” a notch by adding different objects and making them closer to the DB. As your dog gains confidence, add more variables and make the training more difficult. Always reward your dog for a job well done.
Goal – to build your dog’s confidence and understanding of the retrieve on the flat.