Thursday, March 10, 2011
"Get Your Leash" Jackal's March Trick
I've worked on get your leash twice now with Jackal. Once on the eighth and again today. On the eighth it took moments for him to start picking up the leash, but I started asking for duration (holding it in his mouth for a couple of seconds) too soon and we lost it all. Today I simply focused on having him pick up the leash. No duration at all. It went much better and he was eagerly picking up the leash.
So I have a question for my dog trainer friends. I've never taught Jackal a "hold" for anything. So do I teach him to hold the leash? Or do I just teach him to put it in my hand? Eventually I want him to be able to get his leash from across the room, bring it to me and put it in my hand. So does he even need to know how to hold it, or do I just shape him putting it into my hand? I don't know if I'm making any sense. Maybe it's time to get on YouTube and see what methods people use for teaching fetch. It should be the same principles for getting his leash. For anyone who has trained this I would love to hear from you. :)