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My boy is restless in the basic position during the retrieves. I'm thinking about how to settle him down.

1. Use a little compulsion away from the retrieves when he's really excited about something else.

2. Make him sit by my side until he's perfectly calm and then throw the dumbbell.

3. Practice the retrieve every day before he's allowed to play so he just wants to get it out of the way and he doesn't get so excited.

Any advice?
 

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Susan, have you considered marking ("yes") his being correct then rewarding with a treat?
Making him wait for the throw could be building to much drive, making it had to sit still.
 
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