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how to catch a frisbee

September 26th, 2005, 08:22 PM
I got Molly a frisbee for her birthday (along with other things, hehe) and I'm trying to teach her how to catch or retrieve it. She loves playing fetch with her ball, so I figured she would transition nicely. She chases after the frisbee, but she doesn't know to catch it or pick it up and bring it back. Any clues on how to teach her to do this? And by the way, it's a soft frisbee, so it shouldn't damage her mouth.

September 26th, 2005, 09:08 PM
Does she catch anything else yet. If not place her in a sit and stand about a foot away. The best thing to start with are pieces of biscuits. Move your hand in slow motion and toss towards their mouth. At first they will bounce off their nose or they will just drop to the ground. Get excited when they try and within about 5 min your dog should start to catch them. The next item to try once your dog is catching the treats is one of his/her favourite soft toy or ball. When you start with the frisbee roll it on its side before you begin to toss it. These are a little more difficult to catch. There are soft frisbees that are great for starting out.
If you also have yet to teach your dog to fetch start by getting a favourite toy and attaching your dog to a 6 ft leash. One of the biggest mistakes is throwing the item too far away.
Get your dog all excited for the toy by swinging it around, squeaking it, etc. You want them to grab at it a couple of times. Then throw it only a couple of feet away from you while holding the end of the leash. You also may want to start this by being down on the ground with them. As soon as you throw the toy get all excited and encourage your dog to get it. When your dog picks up the toy continue with the excitement encouraging them to now bring it back to you. If they don't come back on their own as soon as they pick it up start to bring in the lead gently without them knowing. Once your dog is retrieving and returning start to add more distance foot by foot. When you are good at 6 ft attach a longer line. You should do fine at further distances with out a problem once you are fairly reliable at 10 feet.

September 27th, 2005, 10:30 AM
Thank you for your suggestions. She doesn't catch anything else yet, and I really like your idea of trying it with treats.

She does fetch very well with her ball though. And I do have a soft frisbee. I had heard things about hard frisbees hurting teeth.

I will give your ideas a try, and hopefully, she'll be catching a frisbee in no time. She's a quick learner. :)

September 27th, 2005, 01:30 PM
Good luck, I hope it works for you. Just be patient.

September 27th, 2005, 11:44 PM
They make squirrels in different sizes- they're material and they've got feet so they're easier to pick up.

Here's a site with good pics of it:
They're a bit expensive though... (I have a couple I don't use... My doggies shred them in 5 minutes :sad: ).
oooh here's a better site- the official one:

September 27th, 2005, 11:45 PM
There are also these that are made of a more flexible rubbery material. They're expensive too..
My doggies like this one because they can sink their teeth into it. It's sort of foamy stuff.

September 28th, 2005, 12:17 AM
Cider has a holey roller ball.. I taught her to catch it easier than a ball.. But she wasn't consistant.

Tongiht I was bored, and decided to toss treats at her saying catch.. became 90% reliable really fast. I was impressed!

September 28th, 2005, 05:55 AM
Great stuff, she will be reliable with her toys in no time.