BOUNCE & HAND
Bounce & Hand combines two Dog-Games so that the dog jumps over four 8 inch/20cm jumps, retrieves an article from a black rubber mat on the 51ft/15.3m marker, then returns with it over the four jumps and runs through the finish poles, placing the article in its handler's hands in return for its motivator. The four jumps are placed in the same positions as those in Bounce but now the dog learns to be sent over the jumps to the "ball" on the mat and then return back over them to its handler.
As with Hand, two people are needed to train and play Bounce & Hand - the handler and a trainer or helper (who stands behind the black rubber mat throughout the Game, and places the "ball" on the mat just before the dog is due to run).
|WHERE& WHEN TO TRAIN|
|ROLL OF HONOUR|
The handler learns -
- To bring all their experience of training their dog to do the previous Games, and use this knowledge to help it understand how to retrieve and jump at the same time.
- That dogs can become so focused on the retrieve article that they need help from their handlers to realise that the hurdles need to be jumped as the dog returns. This is done by careful attention to the handler's movements, and their judgement of the dog's speed and direction.
The dog learns -
- Once it has picked up the retrieve article from the black rubber car mat, to adjust and correct its turning curve and eyesight so that it can run back over the four hurdles, without missing any, and return to the handler.
The training is broken down in to 5 separate Stages - Starters, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum - which are non-competitive and have no restrictions on the speed of the dog. Every Stage has certificates, rosettes, and at Platinum a trophy, which are given in recognition of the achievements of both dog and handler.
Always begin training at Starters and progress from there. It is not compulsory for dogs to do all these Stages - they have been provided so that each dog can train to its own ability. Dogs must not be pushed into situations that they cannot cope with (eg running too close to other dogs in Silver) and handlers and trainers must respect the dog's imitations. Some dogs and handlers work steadily through most or all of the Stages of Bounce & Hand before trying a new Game, while others reach Bronze or Silver Stages of this Game and then try another Game (returning to the higher Stages of Bounce & Hand when the dog is more confident, experienced or older).
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