http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd72kl9lZlc is a glimpse of the SmartFetch program, focusing on "Hold". There is much to learn about this, and even more about force fetch. Not only is it valuable to your working dog, but also forms a foundation to build all your other training on. I'll be glad to post up more information on the subject.Does anyone have any good tips/advice to get a dog to hold a bumper/retriever object firmly? (Is that even what you want). I was thinking having the dog tug on it, but then I realized that it might not translate over real well to a bird!
You're welcome! The gloved hand is only a small nuance in the process, and you will have to judge for yourself what it tells you about this dog's mouth habits and tendencies. Frankly, I haven't used that step in many years, as I really didn't find it as useful as it appeared that it might be.I am going to try the weighted articles and see where we are at. If I try the glove--how do I know what the right amount of grip? I think her grip at this point is causing the mouthiness. It is a loose grip so when she goes to move she mouths the article to regrip it so it doesn't fall out.
Evan, thanks for the video.