Dog practice finding different objects.
In this practice several objects are spread around a marked surface of about sixty by sixty feet. The person throwing the object must avoid, if possible, going into this marked area, because otherwise the dogs will follow his or her scent. The thrower has to take care of where each object falls. The surface of the field should avoid the dog from seeing them right away even when they are far. For dogs that do not have much experience the ideal would be, for example, a field with a lot of grass, etc. The size of the field depends on what you have available. As the dog becomes better at it, you can use an even more challenging type of place such as a place with more vegetation etc. One by one, the dogs needs to be sent from the starting line to search the field, after having been alerted verbally. Once the dog has found and turned the object in to his dog trainer, he must be praised and rewarded and he will then get another order for a new search. It’s difficult for dogs with little or no experience and those who are not independent, to let go of their dog trainers and go ahead at such a distance toward the other side of the field. If the dog is not clear right away about what he has to do, the dog trainer will have to accompany the dog and “Fetch” with the dog until, with a lot of enthusiasm, the object is found.
As soon as the dog has lifted it, the dog trainer then goes back to his or her place in the line and the dog has to give his dog trainer the object in his or her hand. If there are a lot of dogs that need the help of the dog trainer, in other words, that need to go with him to the fetching field, it would be convenient to change places. While doing this practice, the direction the wind is blowing is very important. The beginners start by finding object that are placed that easy to find if the wind is blowing against them. Dogs that are more advanced can look for objects with the wind hitting them on their sides or from behind. If this practice does not come out right, you can do it step by step, even going back if necessary. First you will need to reinforce the dog to come at call, as well as if something distracts him while on the field. Dogs that have a tendency to chase their prey tend to escape, and they must do the “Fetch” practices on a long leash. The dogs that do not have a lot of interest in “Fetch” can be stimulated by using a fishing rod.