Most dog owners have seen images of dogs fetching Frisbees on commercials, television shows and movies. As such, when you get a dog, you may want to reenact this moment with them. But throwing a Frisbee for a dog and expecting them to catch it automatically is far-fetched. You have to train your dog to learn what a Frisbee is and how to catch one. While not every dog is a natural Frisbee player, you can train yours to be a great one. Here are a few steps to help you teach your dog how to play Frisbee.
Get the Right Disc
The first step in teaching your dog to play is picking the right disc. Never pick a disc that is designed for humans to use. They tend to be harder and heavier, which can injure a dog. Those designed for dogs are made of a material that is safe for your dog's teeth and jaws, and better designed for them to catch. Also, pay attention to the size of the Frisbee. The discs come in different sizes, based on the size of your furry friend and their jaw strength.
Introduce Your Dog to the New Toy
The next step is to present the toy to the dog. You want to do this positively so that they realize that the disc is something fun and exciting, rather than something negative. Some people use the disc as a feeding dish or place treats on it for the first few days. After that, you can slowly start to play a tugging game with your dog. When your dog is familiar with the toy, start rolling it on its side in a fetch manner. This helps your dog to understand that they pick the disc up on its side and gets them used to the feeling of stopping the disc with their jaw and teeth.
Teach the Basics
Before your dog can begin to play Frisbee, they will need to know the basic skills. This involves chasing an object, catching an object and retrieving an object. If your dog does not know how to play fetch yet, this is where you need to start before learning Frisbee. Once your dog has learned these skills, you can move on to teaching them to play Frisbee.
After your dog has become acquainted with the Frisbee, slowly begin throwing it in the air in their direction. Allow them to retrieve the item and bring it back. Eventually, it will click that they are supposed to catch the disc in the air, and the process has begun. When they do attempt to or manage to catch the disc, use positive reinforcement. Use positive tone, petting or treats to reiterate their actions. It may take time, effort and patience on both sides, but eventually, your dog will understand what they are supposed to do with the disc.
Teaching a Puppy
You can teach a puppy to play Frisbee. However, once again, the need to know the basic behaviors of fetch first. Also, be aware that they are still developing their motor skills. As such, their coordination may be off. Puppies can learn to play, but it may take longer. Also, be sure to purchase different sized Frisbees as they grow and their new teeth come in.
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