Usually I am pretty confident of my logic, but maybe I shouldn’t be!
I based my idea that applying food distractions to the retrieve over the high jump should be an easy transition based on these facts –
1) Margot does not pass any dog in any of her retrieve classes unless they will retrieve their dumbbell through a tunnel of food.
2) We JUST practed expanding that concept by having a food tunnel for the recall and place command.
3)The retrieve over the high jump is just a combination of those two things.
I started by just putting two piles on each side of the dumbell (placed). Once he got that we created a tunnel that looked like this…
The idea in my head when we started this was to have the treats scattered about everywhere and be able to throw the dumbbell, but we never got that far.
For some reason that I am unsure of, this was an extrodinarily difficult concept for Rugby. He saw these treats, which were the same exact ones from the other day, way too tempting to trust himself around. He tried lots of ways to avoid the treats. From refusing to jump at all, to trying to jump onto the couch and get around the treats to come from the back side….