Training Tip Of The Day: Support your passion, become a member!
Support your passion by becoming a member of a retriever club, training group, or volunteer to help a professional retriever trainer. Seeking enthusiasts who share your passion will only help promote and keep the retriever sports flourishing. It also helps clubs provide more events such as fun hunts, picnic trials, and clinics year round. Being active is the key, one never knows when a good technique, optimal training situation, or a gem of information will present itself to help you and your dog be the best it can be.
Remember it is okay to disagree. One does not have to debate why their method is better than another. A wealth of information is learned if one observes with an open-mind first and gives relative opinion when asked second. Even though like-minded individuals will share the same goals the methods in which to achieve them could vary widely.
All information can be good depending on how you digest it. For instance: If you witness a technique that you disagree with for your dog at the time, you may have just learned “What Not To Do”. However, file it away in your memory bank. A year from now the method observed may work for another dog. This observation may also inspire you to tweak the technique in a manner to fit your method of training or help develop a new technique.
Learning what to do, when to do it, and how to do it is a long journey filled with successful moments and not so successful moments. In any case, observing what not to do and what to do can be an opportunity waiting for you if you become a member and get involved. Your dog is only as good as the time and effort you put into it. For no success comes without good, honest, hard work.
Tera’s Training Tip Of The Day: Utilize a mat when training your dog.
Many injuries occur when dogs loose their footing taking off from a stationary position. Muscles pulling away from bone, ligament tears, and sprained joints just to name a few common “Starting Position” injuries. Mats are a useful tool in “Place Training” your dog which can make for an impeccably “Steady” retriever.
The force fetch table is unique to the person training on it. The table should not be too tall or too short but at a height the individual can rest a hip against. The table top should be no wider than 48in & no smaller than 24in. The table top should have sufficent room for a full size dog to stand on without falling off. For the purpose of this article we will use the demensions of my table. I am about 5ft’9 in tall and have a long reach. The dogs I typically work with are large breeds so my table top in 36 in W’ X 60 in L’ X 36in T’. The length can vary according to personnal preferace, some methods involve teaching simple casting on the table before transfering to the ground.
Once the size is determined you will need some supplies depending on your budget you can build for forever or build for now. Because our table sits outside we chose to go with treated lumbar and scews for extra sturdiness. We also have no plans on moving the table so it is heavy and will not fall over. If you chose to build a lighter table make sure you secure it before using it.
The table top will have a back wall mearsuring 36in W’X 48inL’. This wall is used to secure the dogs back legs and prevent him from stepping off the edge of the table. Then there is another side wall that is off set on the interior surface of the table. This wall is where you will secure your pole and prevent your dog from moving his shoulders. Once the table top is built and the base is secure attach an eye hook any where to the base where it will be out of the way. This eye hook is where you will secure the dogs flat collar when you are transfering the dog to fetch off the ground. Every table is unique and you can tweek the demensions however you like to fit your needs. However, all tables need a place to secure the dogs legs and a pole to secure the dogs head. There are many designs for force fetch tables and this is the best design for our kennel. We feel that the less movement the dog has the quicker and better learned is the lesson being taught. Please provide question or comment as we are here to provide accurate information to insure responsible training and humane force fetch training. Good luck with your training!!