Ron Watson & Loot use Oppositional Feeding to create a flip for a disc at 5-10 yards. Get the theory and practice behind this skill…
We like to use Oppositional Feeding with many Drop issues with high drive dogs. In the case of a late Drop or a dog that habitually retrieves, the reward placement of Oppositional Feeding creates a competing interest and gives the dog a reason to be “out there” instead of racing back to the handler.
Slowing down a disc dog’s on field movements is important for safety and performance. It is also important for your dog’s frame of mind as well. Thoughtful and purposeful work is always better than bonkers. Here’s 8 tips to help you slow down your dog:
Laura starts out by freeshaping the Drop and adjusting her position so Lakota doesn’t get to drop discs in front of her at her feet. Once the Drop is freed up a bit, Laura shifts gears and uses a Prompt Switch to get the drop happening right after the cue is given. This creates a pattern of the dog dropping away from the handler.
Pressure generated by dogs with lots of drive can be reduced by using Oppositional Feeding. It is a great tool for slowing dogs down and reducing their speed on retrieve.