I did it with food that was on a paper plate, hung on a section of expandable fence. This is often used around AKC rings. Start out closer to the fence. As the dog gets better, the size of the paper plate gets smaller, and you get farther away, till the food and plate finally get eliminated. The dog needs to be hungry and you can't force it to go out. Does your dog have a good ball drive? At a Flinks seminar last year, he would hang the toy from a small hanging tree (for want of a better word). Dogs were running the width of Ed's field within a few tries. Then it's just a matter of weaning them off of that to get a finished product. Of course the dog needs to have a good "sit" from a distance. Don't put the go out and sit together till both are solid on their own. Then, only rarely use the sit with the go out.
An old trick for the UD ring was to place a toy/ball in the gating where the dog could see it. You sent the dog out with whatever command you used, and the dog got the ball. Obviously you had to wean the dog away from the toy for the "sit" portion which leads to the directed jump over the high jump or bar jump.
Forcing the dog just won't work for this exercise, you're much better off using a motivation tool, ie, a toy/ball or food.
Make sure you proof your dog on this exercise once it's steady with all the phases of it. I forgot to practice this exercise with another person in the ring ( to simulate the judge ) and my dog ended up finishing next to the judge, instead of me. :rolleyes:
The audience found it quite funny, though...
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