Session 3 - Step 3
Increase distance to the box
Build space for other obstaclesEventually the box will be much further from your dog than our 4m. We need to, at this stage, ask your dog to go further to get the ball than before. If you have a bigger space gradually increase this distance even further.
To start with, place the box a further 4m from the original position and practice here for at least 10 reps. Each time alternate the position of the ball between the two holes on your box so that they don't focus too much on one or the other.
Add distraction, firstly in the form of a curve.
The ball to be retrieved will not always be in a straight line from the start.
Make your dog is confident with the box.
If your dog keeps dropping the ball or wandering off go back to step 2 for a bit