You’re out for a walk and you’ve been throwing a tennis ball repeatedly for your canine pal to bound after and bring back. But while the ball sails through the air, your dog... doesn’t. You can’t shake the thought of how cool it would be if he upped his catching level to mid-air grabs. Not only would it look pretty awesome to anyone who saw you on a walk, but it would also make for a fantastic trick to entertain guests with while the BBQ is on.
If he’s always full of energy, getting him to catch in the air will also help tire him out on walks. Extra energy dispensed in the air means a more relaxed and docile dog at home. One that naps while you eat rather than pestering you for more food.
Conveying exactly what you want him to do can prove challenging. After all, why should he catch something in the air when it will make his life easier if he just waits for it to hit the ground? Having said that, if he’s young and agile he’ll probably respond to training in just a few days. If he’s getting on a bit and not quite the athlete or intellect he once was, then be prepared to be patient, he may need a couple of weeks before he gets the hang of it.
Why bother with this training though? Well, you’ll quickly become known as the owner of the flying dog; nicknames like ‘super dog’ and the ‘flying canine’ will soon spread around the neighborhood. He’ll probably appear on Snapchat stories and Facebook feeds all over the state. So for the glory alone, it’s worth it!
Before your dog starts flying you’ll need a few things. The most important thing you’ll need is space. A big yard or a field would be ideal, if you practice in the house you may quickly break all that you hold dear.
His favorite food or treats will also be essential so stock up! A tennis ball, stick, frisbee, or any other type of toy you throw for him will also be required. Once you have all of that, just bring patience and a positive frame of mind and you’re ready to get to work.