The game of frisbee can be especially fun for puppers and people. Discs float through the air differently than balls do, allowing your canine to really calculate their retrieval. While the end result can be great, getting there may take a bit of work!
Certain breeds are more interested in flying objects than others. Some dogs just don't understand what a frisbee is, or they expect it to move like other fetch objects, leading to confusion. By teaching your pup how to play frisbee and get excited about it, you can unlock a world of good times for the two of you.
For some dogs, the concept can take months to learn properly, while others may catch on fast. Be prepared to go out regularly and cut sessions short as soon as your dog seems uninterested. And your pooch's age doesn't matter too much; young and old dogs can learn to enjoy frisbee.
To help make your training a success, preparation is key! Some things to help you on your way to flying disc fun include:
A Frisbee!: This one's a no-brainer; you need a disc to play frisbee. But you should put some thought into what kind of disc is right for your dog. Size and material vary, so make sure you pick a suitable frisbee for your pooch.
Treats: Many methods involve a little bribery. Go get a bag of yummy treats to dish out during your sessions.
Wide Open Space: Find a dog-friendly park or field where your mutt can run free. There is a lot of leaping, bounding and dashing in a game of frisbee.
Patience: Don't get discouraged if your dog just isn't getting it. Keep calm and try to keep the game associated with only positive feelings. Eventually, she'll come around.
The only canines who really shouldn't be playing frisbee are those with serious health problems, injuries or seniors who've lost their mobility. As long as your doggo is healthy, you should be good to go.
Below are some great methods for getting your dog into flying discs. Whichever one you choose, remember to keep things fun and exciting for your pup!
I want to train Dayton to play fetch with a frisbee but we play disc golf and he has been taught not to mess with disc golf discs. I am now having trouble teaching him it is okay to play with "his" disc. He wont even pay attention to it. I have feed him in it for a couple weeks and I have praised with treats if he goes near it BUT he will NOT put it in his mouth
Hello Melany, Check out the floppy disks by Kong. I suggest starting with something similar to that, that's different enough from a normal frisbee that he may consider it fine to bite. Even though you don't want him to learn to tug it long term, when you first start, treat it like a tug toy and play a little tug with it, then have him practice dropping it, and when he drops it, give it a little toss for him to go after it. As he gets more comfortable with it, quickly phase out the tug part and praise for dropping it and spend more time throwing it and fetching it. Kong frisbees - this one is the most floppy and tug-toy like: https://www.chewy.com/kong-extreme-flyer-dog-toy/dp/44201?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=KONG&utm_term=&gclid=CjwKCAjwyqTqBRAyEiwA8K_4OxG7di4dpqh857ejNIECmnM0yC-qBAp6Po5Yx3Y8gzECkNWFs2l3tRoCC5MQAvD_BwE Kong red frisbee - a bit more firm and normal frisbee-like to transition to normal frisbee with: https://www.chewy.com/kong-classic-flyer-frisbee-dog-toy/dp/44180?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=KONG&utm_term=&gclid=CjwKCAjwyqTqBRAyEiwA8K_4O3-R7BOa4FL6-mehKW4VXQPWjrU8_aee7xBmorJNvnwTqJu1X_PY_xoCG7wQAvD_BwE A third in-between would be something like one of the soft-material but firmer shape chuck-it frisbees Finally, if you are still struggling after switching disks, try smearing a little peanut butter on the kong frisbee, letting him lick some off, then toss it a couple feet away so that he follows it to lick more off. Praise enthusiastically when he touches it and drop a few treats on the frisbee when he touches his mouth to it. Work on that until he will get grabbier with it, even when you pick it up -to keep licking it, at which point you can encourage a bit of chase, tug, and then running short distances after it, and transition to just the fetching part and phase out the running and tug once she is relaxed about picking it up. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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