I’m doing this because I want him to learn to drive to an inanimate object. This will help with our jump training by allowing him to focus on the jumps (running towards the bag lying on the ground) and not my position. To give credit where credit is due, I’m shamelessly stealing this idea from Susan Salo’s jumping video.
It will also enable me to keep things interesting by throwing something “exciting” that he really, really wants. With Maggie, I shove this in my pocket and occasionally throw it when she’s going over the broad jump. This really increases her drive over the jump -- flying furry thing full of treats – yippee!! So far with Z, I’ll throw it as he’s coming out of the tunnel, etc. to help him drive.
Furry Tug, flat fox toy & bright fleece tug