I have been working my dutchie with the retrive after watching the Ellis DVD. I have rewatched and it makes perfect sense to me. I feel like I am stuck on fixing the annoying chomping. I a right on him about it but every chance he gets he chews. I am using a 3/4" PVC. I am wondering if a bigger one like 1" would be better or something harder like a metal pipe.
He is WAY worse about it with the PVC now that the weather is getting warm. He doesn't want to hold it when he is panting at all. I make sure he cools down and drinks water before training but still, its 70 or higher.
Loc: Hampshire, England
Forget the retrieve for now, concentrate on teaching a calm hold. If he's panting ask for a 1/2 second hold but if not ask for a longer one. Then start to build it up and add in the retrieve stuff.
What can also help is an oval rather than round pipe, that encourages a calm hold.
My gsd started doing this about a year ago, I realised that I had been training him on a Sch3 dumbbell and when he held a lightweight obedience one he would mouth it. Took him back to basics and he was fine after that.
I have very good holds with him now. I am started working on moving (cooler weather helps). He is almost good enough to try it hands off. He pushes against me when "lead" him, like "go faster". Weirdo. That's ok though right?
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