Rock Solid Retrieves
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Welcome to the ROCK SOLID RETRIEVES where you can gain a skill that most owners would like to have, a skill that mentally stimulates, tires them out and provides an outlet to prevent and solve unwanted behaviours. Whilst dogs have been domesticated for many, many years we still need to factor in that they are still dogs and as such need to be given the chance to fulfil their instinctual needs of Chase, Find, Grab (in a productive way).
Dogs can become over stimulated really quickly if left un-entertained & bored and when they do, they can find solace in some unwanted behaviours ... unless, of course; you show them a better and more productive way.
In this ROCK SOLID RETRIEVES guide we start to teach your dog to value returning items to you, valuing proximity to you when they have items - working through the easy to follow steps. You will practice each one till your dog is rock solid before stepping up to the next level, Working through these steps and then using this strategy when you are out on walks to help strengthen your dogs desire to retrieve for you:-
- Picking Up
- Placing in Your Hand
- Toy play
- Throw out retrieves
- Placed retrieves
Of course this will require some effort from you too. Like any parent, showing your dog the way is the key to your dog learning this skill out in the wider more enticing world. In this guide we have squished the steps into small bite size chunks that you will aim to master before moving onto the next step. Commit to just 5/10 minutes a day and marvel at the results. Once you have completed these steps it’s time for you to practice with a real visitor!!!!