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Old 16-04-2015, 11:04 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I avoid deliberately playing with leads with them as have seen too many dogs being a pain that way! Tucker likes to carry my keys as reward!!
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Old 16-04-2015, 01:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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That's interesting, I've never deliberately played with my two with the lead but both do the same as your girl they are very proud of being the holder of the lead
On the way back to the car with the two youngsters, I often give Zasa Rhuna's lead to hold, as it stops her from trying to grab the leads, something she does not because she is given the lead to hold, but she has a huge desire to just hold something in her mouth.
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I avoid deliberately playing with leads with them as have seen too many dogs being a pain that way! Tucker likes to carry my keys as reward!!
It's like any training, you don't let them grab the lead, but if you train them to hold it when you tell them they can, it becomes another way of holding their attention, and who doesn't have a lead on them when walking/training?
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I personally would avoid anything that encourage resistance and go for more a stimulation = reward based training/play.

Canvas dummies or even more stimulating fur dummies or covered tennis balls are great. Encourage positive behavior by stimulating the dogs natural abilities with retrieves. More often than not the reward of a simple retrieve/fetch is enough for a dog and encourages the positive behavior and bonding that comes with it. That's just from my experience anyway

I bought canvas dummies and fur tennis balls from here in the passed but pretty much available at most places.

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Personally I never use fur covered dummies or balls in the early days. I find pups tend to be more possessive of these. I add them in as the pup gets steadier, say around 6 months or so. (Timing depends so much on the pup. My old Anna could have started on fur or feathered covered dummies very early, but with Amy it was nearer 9 months before I started. But then Amy moved along very fast and was picking up on my shoot by 14 months.) But there are many ways to skin the cat so it's all about being adaptable when training a pup, if one method is not working, don't persist, find a different way

For my very young puppies I use old soft dummies which have lost a lot of their stuffing, both puppy size and 1lb size.

But the main thing with early training is to pick places where there are not many exciting scents. Often a public park is better than farmland in that respect, and keep the lessons short and fun.

But as you say colc08, the retrieve becomes so much fun for the pup that it becomes almost the reward in it's self. A short bit of "boring" heelwork, stop in the sit, toss dummy and send pup, praise the retrieve and follow with another bit of "boring" heelwork and within a short time the pup looks upon the heelwork not at boring, but as a prelude to the retrieve.

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