Raven loves playing fetch, and she loves tennis balls. So here we are working on off leash heel and focus, while I hold a tennis ball. The tennis ball maintains her focus. It also doubles as her reward for a job well done. We are working in a fairly confined space, keeping it easy to keep her aligned, all though it gets tight and Raven needs to use the steps to continue, also proving excellent training. Our terrier proves to be a small distraction, especially when we “fetch” as Raven has to wait before release, and the other dog could have gone after her reward.

The inspiration for this comes from watching how incredible Laurie Schwartz and her dogs are. As we get better at this, the tennis ball will be faded out, and just used as a reward at the end.

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  1. Did it take a long time for Raven to learn to stay before she was released to fetch the ball. Im working on a few things at a time with Jordan as they come up. Patience when the ball is out is not something she has learned yet. I see i can use her eagerness to fetch in my benefit. Black Dogs Team gives us a lot to strive for. πŸ™‚ hope one day my yellow lab can rule too…lol

    • Frank Wisneski

      She has had some training with this, as she did spend some time doing field trial work, but I still needed to spend a lot of time bringing her up to speed. I started off keeping a hand on her collar so she couldn’t break until I released her. We spent a lot of time like that, and I then I would have her lie down before releasing. Baby steps

  2. Great tips! I use Twins nap time to work her..lol then she needs a nap. πŸ™‚ I may ask you questions here and there since you are Black dogs rule zen master. πŸ™‚ lol