Rufus' Mom aka Linda
I'm hoping one of the trainers out there can help me. Rufus and I have been working with our trainer doing Foundation Agility. He loves it and we're having a lot of fun BUT we're stuck on "going forward". Our trainer has me play with Rufus with a toy, get him all excited so he wants that toy, then I put Rufus in a sit and I stand beside him....I then throw his toy forward a few feet and release him to go get it...BUT, he stays sitting. He looks at me, looks at the toy and then looks back at me and doesn't move. Our trainer thought Rufus might be thinking I was testing his sit/stay at first so he stayed in position but we've been working on this for two weeks and he still will not budge. On Tuesday she had us use a different toy and we rubbed lunch meat all over it so it smelled really good and he got all excited about the smell. It looked like it was going to work because he got all excited and went for it twice but ever since then he is back to staying in a sit and refusing to move forward to go get it. Rufus is extremely food motivated but our trainer doesn't want me to throw food forward for him because she feels in his mind it makes it OK for him to pick stuff up off the ground and eat it. I should mention Rufus loves fetch, runs to get his squeeky ball, or whatever I happen to throw and brings it back for me to throw again but when it comes to doing it in a training session, he won't move. Anyone have any ideas for me?