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A Dumbell Trying to Teach The Dumbell

I've been trying to train my dog to retrieve a dumbbell. I taught him to hold it, no problem. He will take it out of my hands properly and heel by my side around the house with it. I am trying to teach him to retrieve it. After I toss it, I can't get him to pick it up by the bar. He always picks it up by one of the ends. Any ideas on how to get him to pick it up properly? I know this is probably a stupid question, but there ya go......I'm the dumbbell!


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A lot of times that happens because the dumbbell isn't sized right for him. Make sure the ends are plenty big so he can grab the bar easily without hitting his nose on the floor (speaking from experience!). I had to get a custom made one for Mr. Big Head.



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What kind of dumbbell is it? Do you have a picture of him with it in his mouth? Could probably tell by that whether the ends need to be bigger or not or if the bit's too narrow or wide?

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A lot of times that happens because the dumbbell isn't sized right for him. Make sure the ends are plenty big so he can grab the bar easily without hitting his nose on the floor (speaking from experience!). I had to get a custom made one for Mr. Big Head.
Unfortunately, he doesn't have a big head. I wish that was his problem. (I love a big head!) I'll check to see if he is hitting his nose on the floor. Thanks for the advice.


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What kind of dumbbell is it? Do you have a picture of him with it in his mouth? Could probably tell by that whether the ends need to be bigger or not or if the bit's too narrow or wide?
Thanks, Kate. I'll take a picture of him with it and post it tomorrow....


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A lot of times that happens because the dumbbell isn't sized right for him. Make sure the ends are plenty big so he can grab the bar easily without hitting his nose on the floor (speaking from experience!). I had to get a custom made one for Mr. Big Head.
Barney's nose just barely touches the floor when he picks up the dumbbell.


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What kind of dumbbell is it? Do you have a picture of him with it in his mouth? Could probably tell by that whether the ends need to be bigger or not or if the bit's too narrow or wide?
It's a plastic dumbbell. Here are some pics. Tried to get a side pic but he wasn't cooperating today, they came out blurry....
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Try a wood dumbbell many dogs don't like the feel of the plastic on their teeth, it clanks on their teeth. I would go with wood

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Ohsh - he's so cute<:

Do you train at a club where you could borrow somebody else's dumbbell to see what works?

I think you might want a dumbbell with bigger ends? Mine are 3" ends - and makes it easier for pickups. When the dogs are going in to pick up, the dumbbell is more like -

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Instead of

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And might try 1/2" less with bit length.

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I think that might make a difference, but it'd be worth asking around a club if you train at one if you can borrow different sized dumbbells to see.

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