by Chris Carpenter | on July 25th, 2011 | in Features, Training
Want to train your retriever to take directional casting? You can make this job easier by reading your dogs eyes. One thing is for sure…dogs will always tell you which direction they want to go. All you have to do is read their eyes and then use this indicator to your advantage in training.
Just watch. Next time you go out with your pal to play bumper baseball try throwing your bumpers to first, second, and third base. Notice your dog will not only stare in the direction it wants to go but that direction is almost always the last bumper thrown.
So lets say your pal has back and over right down pat. Now you throw in the over left bumper. Make the first time easy for your pal and throw that bumper last. The dog will stare it down and take your direction with no effort.
Later you can read your dogs eyes to pull your pal away from obvious distractions too. Do the same drill as above and the distraction will be the last bumper thrown. Now cast in the opposite direction your dog is looking. This will teach your pup start depending on you for direction and not its own eyes.
Its all in the eyes so read your dog and use this information to your and the dogs advantage. My eyes are wondering off to a breakfast burrito now. Guess where I’m headed.