Step 9.2 Speed
In step 2 we teach the dog to return quickly. Still, without the dumbbell – we train this separately.
Depending on how much your dog knows, you can either just throw the ball as the dog is around you or get the dog to sit in the Basic Position. If the dog sits in the Basic Position, please wait 5 seconds after you throw the ball before you send the dog to break Classical Conditioning.
Once the dog picks up the ball, call him and when he is about halfway down back to you, step wide and present the ball between your legs as the dog is about the clear under. The reason we do not want to do it sooner than half the distance so not to create a secondary cue for the dog. He needs to see you standing straight when you are calling him back.