Tuesday, April 04, 2006


My wife Dawn has done a great job teaching our other whippet Patriot to retrieve (with a little help from me). He was not a natural retriever. We basically backchained from a simple take it command from the hand, gradually moving the dumbbell lower and still assisting him with one hand to bring it up. Gradually, you take that one hand away and he gets it from directly below his head. Then you slowly move it farther and farther away until you have a retrieve and you can throw the dumbbell.

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