OB630: Shaping a Fast and Furious Retrieve

Instructor: Shade Whitesel

Course Details

Want a strong, motivated retrieve of the dumbell and a good foundation for utility exercises? Join me as I break down how to create your reinforcement (toy skill of "switch"), and then how to create a firm hold, the end skill in the complex retrieve chain. We'll also be covering how to create a dog that starts the action and demands the opportunity to hold the dumbell, a crucial part of achieving total "buy in" from your learner dog. Dogs are expected to have the basic skills from the toy class, "toys: developing cooperation and play" but can also use this class to teach the necessary skill of "switch", one of the more advanced toy play skills. This class was originally supposed to be part 1 of a 2 part series, with the first class concentrating on switch and hold, and the second on the rest of the retrieve. However, I've compromised, and I will release all the info for retrieving either as gold students need it, or on week 3 of class. This class will also be offered twice in a row, in December and February, because realistically, it takes longer than 6 weeks to create a rock solid retrieve and I expect beginning students to take the first class to create a great hold and the second class to create a great retrieve.

This class will not be covering fronts, the dog is expected to either already have the skill, or to be able to offer a sit on a platform.