Bluesky2012 wrote:I have a pro trainer working with me through it and he says to use it because it makes them have to learn to carry awkward objects the dont like, regardless. Really builds their hold
The pro you're working with has more than likely FF'd more dogs than I ever will, but here's my take on the hammer thing regardless-
First of all, a dog really doesn't "want" to HOLD any
object it doesn't like, that can be a paint roller, a training buck, a rock, a stick, the kitchen sink, or even birds
. Objects that it "does want"to HOLD will be on his terms.
There are weighted training bumpers for teaching HOLD, and are weighted to teach pup to hold the object straight and to avoid cigaring because they're awkward
and uncomfortable if not held straight. Also gives pup a more solid HOLD with a heavier object. Same idea with a hammer.
Thing for me is-
I don't concern myself in intial Force with trying to teach pup to hold awkard objects, the idea is to introduce pressure, teach the dog what it's about, get the dog thinking "forward" on the command to FETCH, and keep the dog as "comfortable"
with the process as possible. There's already a certain level of anxiety.
Most dogs I've ever seen when picking up a heavier bird, will adjust it, and learn how to pick up something awkward that it's been SENT to.
And the dog doesn't have to be FF'd to learn how to pick up akward objects either.
No disrespect to your trainer, and not implying what he's got you doing is wrong, by no means!
Just a comment you asked for.
Lots of Ways to do things.
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