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    81 - Move on to chase recall

    81 - Move on to chase recall

    If your dog has a high chase drive, this is a good way to channel and control his chase instincts. It will also help you with your co-ordination, timing and awareness.You will need two identical toys that you are able to throw at a reasonable and controlled distance. Balls on ropes are brilliant, but ensure that your dog adores his ball on a rope, because the retrieve and subsequent shared game with you will be his reward. If he is keener to retrieve for a food reward, have his favourite goodies in the treat bag.

    Throw toy 1 towards your helper

    1. It is invaluable to have a second person to help with the early stages of this exercise. Make sure you have taught a solid retrieve (way 69).

    2. Make sure your dog knows there are two toys. Ask your helper to stand approximately 20 paces away in the direction that you intend to throw toy 1 but slightly off to one side.

    3. With your dog in a sit, hold either his collar or a short tab attached to his collar to ensure that he stays with you until released. Throw the toy reasonably near to but obviously not right on top of your helper.

    4. Release your dog but call him to get his attention when he is just starting his run towards the toy. The chances are he will ignore you because he is so focused on the thrown toy. At this point your assistant should step forward, pick up the toy and stand in a neutral position, without talking to or making eye contact with your dog. Continue to call him and when you have his attention, throw toy 2 away from you, in the opposite direction from toy 1. 5. Allow him to chase it and bring it back to you. Have a wonderful shared game with that toy and tell him how marvellous he is or give him his favourite treat, depending on what floats his boat.

    If your dog moves towards toy 1, ask your helper to step forward and pick it up

    6. Repeat a few times and your dog will begin to get the hang of the game. He should learn that he will have more fun chasing the second toy because he gets to run further and also because the chase will end with an additional reward of a game with his favourite person or a tasty treat.

    7. Build the game slowly, increasing the distance toy 1 is thrown and the distance your dog is from you on his run towards it before you call him and throw the really rewarding article (toy 2) in the opposite direction. The ultimate test is when you begin the game with your dog loose and he starts his run before toy 1 has landed, but work slowly towards this goal. Try to make sure that he does not win toy 1; his focus should be on the second toy that you throw because this is how he gains your full attention and receives the big reward.


    If you do not have an assistant to help you with this exercise it can be carefully trained using a long line attached to a harness. Please make sure that you can judge the length of the line against the distance that you throw or you will be in danger of somersaulting after a dog who reaches the end of the line with his toy still way out of reach and he might be injured by a sudden tug on his collar.

    From 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog, Copyright by Sarah Fisher, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with D & C

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