This is the kind of trick to try with a dog who has a lot of focus and energy. The concentration it takes to accomplish this task will be the perfect kind of mental game to help your dog relax. You can give it a try with any kind of dog, as long as you effectively communicate what you would like. This trick will also help you strengthen your bond. The two of you will have to work closely together to communicate each step. If you've moved on to advanced tricks, teaching your dog to stack rings might be a wonderful next step.
This trick is fairly complicated and will need to be broken down into several small steps. Your dog should already be familiar with the clicker or with a cue word to mark good behavior as soon as it happens. Don't let sessions go beyond 15 minutes, and always end with some small bit of progress. With patience and dedication, your dog will be stacking rings in no time.
I have been working on stacking rings and she has been able to do it occasionally and we are working toward consistency. My problem is that she chews the rings and they get misshapen because she is chomping up and down on them. Do I taken them from her as soon as she starts chewing them and toss them again for her to fetch again and keep doing it (taking it away, having her fetch) until she gets that she needs to not chew them?
Hello Cindy, I suggest finding some rings that are unpleasant for her to bare down on and practicing with those until she gets out of the habit of chewing on them and learns to hold them more lightly instead. Once she gets out of the habit of chomping, then you can try switching back to the original rings. Look for rings that are light weight but not crunchable, like metal or harder plastic. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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