shrpshtr wrote:not to bash the method, etc. but i don't agree with it. i personally don't see the benefit of causing pain to my dog for something i can teach him to do without it. just my opinion...
The REAL point of the Force Fetch is not to teach the dog new commands, even though that is what you are doing. The point is WHICH commands you are teaching them and HOW you are doing it. You teach them HOLD, GIVE, and FETCH in such a manner that you achieve the primary goal of the Force Fetch, which is:
Teaching the dog that the act of retrieving, and the individual components of the retrieve, are NOT something that they are doing for THEMSELVES. It is something they are doing for YOU.
Another great benefit is teaching the dog how to handle pressure. Just like Mr. Miagi (wax on, wax off). You teach the dog that YOU have the ability to turn the pressure ON, and the dog has the ability to turn it OFF. This can also be achieved by using other devices, such as a training collar.
ALL DOGS, whether they have been Force Fetched or not, will fail to carry out a retrieve given the right amount of distractions or adversity. A PROPERLY Force Fetched dog will require MORE distraction or adversity before it will fail, that is just the nature of the operation.
Think about it... how does the military train their troops. If they were to ask them nicely to hump 20 miles with a 30 lb rucksack and the soldier knew it was their OPTION, would they do it all the time?
Just my opinion...
"I'll start spending less time with my dog and more with my wife when she starts fetching ducks for me"