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2.2 Basic Fetch and Retrieve


This article is from the Frisbee Dogs FAQ, by Kevin Robair with numerous contributions by others.

2.2 Basic Fetch and Retrieve

Once your dog is going for the disc, it is time to encourage them to
bring it back to you. For this, the long training lead is the best
tool. Purchase or make your own 30'+ lead and put it on your dog. Then
play as usual, only when the dog grabs the disc, call the dog and reel
them in, all the while praising them. Make sure the lead is not
attached to anything and that you are not holding onto it when the dog
chases the disc. Only grab the lead when the disc is picked up and the
retrieve should begin.

What if my dog drops the disc when I start pulling it in?
-Stop reeling right away, go and get the disc and start playing with
the dog and disc. Eventually they should get the idea that you want
the disc brought to you.

What if my dog resists the retrieval?
-If this is happening, then you need to work on recalls with your dog
without the disc being present. If your dog does not come when called,
then you cannot expect them to do so when they are distracted by a
toy! A good obedience class does more for the owner than for the dog.
In it you will learn basic training techniques that you can apply to
canine disc.

Once your pup is returning the disc, the next step is to get them to
catch it in the air. Unless your dog is already trying to catch the
disc, care should be taken when throwing it for them. Keep the disc
from flying in the direction of the dog, as it may hit them and cause
them to be mistrustful of the disc. Do not be discouraged if your dog
does not immediately take to the airborne catch. Some dogs take many
months to establish the coordination needed to catch the Frisbee in
mid-flight. Use low, flat trajectories to give your dog the best


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