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PostSubject: Keeping your dog focused   Tue 15 May 2012, 6:54 pm

Is there a particular object or toy that you own for your dog that no matter what is going on around them all they are focused on is what is in your hand?

With Reuben it is Tennis balls. They have to be good tennis balls and they have to be his and if they are his a 100 dogs could be charging around the field and he would pay no attention if he is waiting for his ball.

If it is a ball that we find in a field he has no interest at all. It make interesting work at Flyball as we have to take his own balls and put a big black cross on them so he brings them back lol


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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Tue 15 May 2012, 7:42 pm

With Cassie its food, if i have a piece of cheese or sausage in my hand I can do the watch command and she wont take her eyes off me, no matter who or what passes by.

awww Reubs is funny must have his own tennis ball I love it xxxxx
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Tue 15 May 2012, 8:26 pm

Nope, Enzo isn't interested in much apart from people!

I had to entice him with a cheesy watsit earlier into my room because mum had customers here lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Tue 15 May 2012, 8:40 pm

Did it work? Never tried a wotsit yet lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Tue 15 May 2012, 8:53 pm

Yeah lol, I don't usually give him anything like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Tue 15 May 2012, 9:14 pm

we're still trying to find something Mizz will be distracted by!
It was a pain when we first got her because it would have helped work her through some of her (many) issues,
but I suppose it's saved me a fortune in treats or toys!

I might pick up some wotsits though......
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Tue 15 May 2012, 10:30 pm

Wotsits are great for hide and seek, they are the only thing I use for this game spinner smile

I think Wotsits would work for most dogs and I also pinch one or two for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Tue 15 May 2012, 11:05 pm

Dell loved wotsits..... before he went on a diet
and he likes nothing better than an empty XL cheese crisp packet.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Tue 15 May 2012, 11:25 pm

With kai its his purple ball he would do anything for it.

Indie pretty much anything frisbee or whatever - she isn't remotely interested in anything other than me and her own pack.

Diesel again whatever toy he has - his favourites are safestix and kong tails.

Rogue mainly food at the moment.

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Wed 16 May 2012, 12:03 am

Russell is the same with tennis balls, I am considering always hiding one in my pocket at the dog park and bringing it out if I need it to distract him (if he's getting too boistrous etc)

But Russell is different to Reuben, he'll take any ball, which is handy because often at the park he splits his ball in half and if I throw it into the dam it sinks... it has happened twice now, but you can usually find another one somewhere if you look hard enough
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Wed 16 May 2012, 6:32 am

If you buy used pro tennis balls they usually last a while. I tend to buy them off ebay in bulk

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Wed 16 May 2012, 9:46 am

Bertie's like Mizz!

You can generally get his attention but once he focuses on something it's incredibly difficult to distract him! When he fixates on small furries I have to tower over him & say 'ah, ah!'. It's not instant - his usual response is to move so he can see past me to the squirrel. When there are squirrels about you can offer him any sort of treat & he won't even sniff it, - he just moves his nose away from the treat without breaking eye contact with the squirrel.

However, he knows he is not allowed to chase & never lunges at them - but I don't know what he'd do if saw one while off the lead.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping your dog focused   Wed 16 May 2012, 10:34 am

Food & treats with the girls

With Bailey it's all down to luck or what mood he's in ...if he doesn't want to focus nothing works. He's not food or toy orientated when it comes to training and if he's seriously busy ...you don't exist.
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