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Old 07-16-2006, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default Catching a frisbee

I have a golden retriever who is 1.5 years old. She loves to play ball. I just got her a frisbee but she's not good at catching it at all. Does anyone have any tips for how to teach her to catch a frisbee?

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Old 07-16-2006, 04:04 PM   #2
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it just comes with practise... thats how my golden is too.. it took her a whilie but now she catching them in the air.. maybe one this you might want to try is get a floppy disc.. its just like a normal frisbee only its soft and it makes it easier for your dog to catch.. im thinking about getting one of those for my dogs... i think they sell them at almost any store like wallmart, target, petsmarts or petco

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Old 07-16-2006, 04:13 PM   #3
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I was going to say that I don't think retrievers are very good at catching things in the air until I read retrievercrazy's post.

We have two dogs, one is a Golden and the other is, well whatever he is. He is a born athlete. If it involves leaping he is great at it. Sophia on the other hand, well she is kind of klutzy.
However when it comes to retrieving she is super. Like my husband joked one time when she went after a frisbee that had rolled under the car, she'll move the car to get it. I mean she just will not give up if you throw something, she is not coming back without it. Doesn't matter if it is on the woods or in the water. Zircon however will look for 10 seconds and then give up.
So.........try like Retrievercrazy said, but if she does not catch on, she does have other strengths.
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my dog has been playing frisbee since she was a little pup
we started out by just rolling the frisbee and having her chase it down and return it then moved to throwing it and having her chase it down
then eventually she started trying to catch it on her own
once she caught it we went nuts praising her and hugging her
from then on she was hooked
she'll do anything for a frisbee

another thing to remember is to always leave them wanting more
make sure playtime ends before the dog is ready to quit
otherwise they start to learn that they control the game
always make them think that YOU are the boss not them

she's pretty good
it helps a lot that she is a herding breed but there are lot's of retrievers that catch frisbees too

a great resource for more info on disc dogs
http://www.k9disc.com/

some pics of my baby playing
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:37 PM   #5
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also in my opinion these are the best discs for dogs
perfect size and weight and ultra-durable/puncture resistant
Jawz disc by Hyperflite

they can be ordered on the website or if you have a Soldan's pet store near you they carry them as well
http://www.skyhoundz.com/cgi-bin/sho...=action&key=JZ

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Wow, awesome dog. I would love to teach Zoe to do that
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Wish I could teach Georgia to play anything. Only one who gets excercise with a ball is me when I throw it and the go and pick it up again. You'd think a lab / border collie mix would have some interest in fetching a ball at least.

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Huh? Georgia won't chase things or play??
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Well, we just discovered she will chase a frisbee ... if she likes how it chews.

I threw a plastic one that I got for free and she chased and brought it back to within 5 feet of me. She also would release it after a bit of coaching. I was very excited. But she ended up taking a chunk out of one frisbee as she chewed before I could get it back. So I tried a disc golf frisbee I had laying around which is more like rubber or harder plastic really. I threw it ... she chased ... sniffed and tasted it ... then left it and looked at me. Sigh.

I think we might be able to teach her a frisbee game if we get the right frisbee. I need to go to the pet store with her to see if any of the "stronger" ones appeal to her. So far this is the closest we've gotten to getting her interested in fetching or chasing anything but people or dogs. I would love to get her interested in something like frisbee or even a ball just for excercise and play that humans and dogs can share without biting each other.

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You could try this one...
http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...N=2026207&Ne=2

I bought one for Zoe. A fleece one and she really loved it. Wouldn't let go of it lol But it had to be thrown out as it got really dirty.
It was similar to this...
http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...N=2026207&Ne=2

Or try...
http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...N=2026207&Ne=2

Aaand then there are these lmao
http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...sbee&N=2023689

http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...sbee&N=2023689
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