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Flirt pole problem

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TimL_168
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Tell us about yourself: I am: a father of 2 boys, a carpenter, hunter, runner. We have extensive experience with sled dogs, shepherd mixes, a wolf hybrid, and our current dog a 95# long haired Shiloh Shepherd. We added Endeavor in April 2016. She was not working out in HRD. I train for game recovery and general utility.
Location: central MD

Flirt pole problem

Post by TimL_168 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:46 pm

Not really sure where to post this, but this looks good.
En's deer hide flirt pole tug has gone from 16" long to about 7". Long before she worked it down so drastically, she was getting...lazy on the chase. Instead of maintaining chase on the tug itself, she'd move up the line to where it was moving slower.
I've done a good bit of drive building for the tug. She loves to go for it, but she fairly regularly goes ahead of it and grabs the tether. I thought about tying her off and working at the end of her line (already do that to build drive), but keeping the spacing just right so that she can't get up the line from the tug is damn near impossible.
Anyone have any relevant experience and insight?
Tim L.
Aurora(Shiloh) Endeavor

Joxgirl
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Re: Flirt pole problem

Post by Joxgirl » Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:28 pm

Following.
Saralee
Rogue (Dutch Shepherd)-10 months old

Steve Gossmeyer
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Tell us about yourself: Schutzhund helper and trainer I own and work two Dutchies
Location: Long Island

Re: Flirt pole problem

Post by Steve Gossmeyer » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:57 pm

Backtie

zxs107020
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Tell us about yourself: Dallas, TX. I have owned two dutch shepherds. Both were/are service dogs. I hope to trial in competitive obedience/tracking with my current puppy.

Re: Flirt pole problem

Post by zxs107020 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:12 pm

I have had a similar problem with both my dogs on the flirt pole and while playing tug. On the flirt pole they try and get the line and on the tug they try and get a better grip by moving up until they bite my hand. In both cases, I got them to play properly by doing the following- Ill just give you the example of the flirt pole. When she bites the tether, I stop playing and use a non-reward marker (not no, but a different word meaning she isnt doing it right "Nain") then I redirect her mouth to the tug itself and tell her to bite....once she bites we continue playing. I bet if you do that a couple times shell get the idea.
Aachen Cleopatra 2/15/17

Steve Gossmeyer
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Re: Flirt pole problem

Post by Steve Gossmeyer » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:59 pm

Put the dog on a harness and tie it to something this called a backtie! Then it's your fault if the dog grabs anything other than they object

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