November 6, 2009

Puppy Training Class: Tennis Balls

We roll 'em...


Bounce 'em...


Fling 'em...


Make a pot o' gold out of 'em...


But most of all, try to keep our dogs' attention so they ignore 'em!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

what's the purpose of this?

The Other End Of The Leash said...

Anon: Our service puppies in training are Labs and Goldens; many dogs of those breeds have a natural affinity for chasing tennis balls. Some even develop a tennis ball addiction. By exposing the puppies to this distraction and rewarding for ignoring the tennis balls and keeping focus on the trainer, we help inure them to the lure of the tennis balls.

Sierra Rose said...

That's a lot of balls rolling out there!!! We have been working on sit/stay with distractions in my puppy class too...with toys and food...but tons of balls would be quite a challenge!!!!! Great work!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose and mom

Clive said...

Great photos!

What I really appreciate now is how Clive will totally ignore distractions like tennis balls, footballs etc when in his jacket and working! He knows so well to just ignore them.

However, come free time he is a different dog. But it is all down to the great training he received and we are so appreciative of that.

Regards
Murray's Mom

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I see lots of LR and GR's ready to burst their fur!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

laurie said...

oh my. for a dog to ignore tennis balls.... wow. such concentration! i can't imagine.