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Summary of Round
Round Starters Level
Round Bronze Level
Round Silver Level
Round Gold Level
Round Platinum level
What the Handler learns
What the dog learns
Round is a Dog Game that involves a dog being sent through the start/finish poles to run round a traffic cone (or similar obstacle) 50ft/15m away, and return through the poles to be rewarded with its motivator while the handler is holding its harness.
The dog learns to go round the "cone" by either following a target stick (which can be used later on to teach the dog many tricks and dog sports such as Heelwork to Music), or by being lured to run around the cone by the helper's body movements. This second method is particularly suitable for dogs that are easily over-stimulated and find concentration difficult. This is because it is a natural progression from the Dog Game Recall - the dog is called or lured by the helper to run up to the cone, and then is called back by the handler the moment that the dog has gone round the back of the cone. These type of dogs love the freedom to run with a purpose and for a reward, without having to overtax their confused brains.
The dog learns to run over some jumps, retrieve an object a distance of approximately 50ft/15m from the Handler and return to the Handler over the jumps. The object can be anything that the dog is comfortable with carrying in his mouth. Dumbells are often used in obedience classes because they are easy for the dog to pick up regardless of how they end up having been "thrown" or placed. We DO NOT THROW items in Dog Games because this could trigger the "chase mode" in dogs.
Commands such as “sit”, “down”, “stay”, “wait” etc. are not required in this or any other Dog Game.
This Dog Game is a combination of Bounce (where the dog learnt to jump four 8 inch/20cm flyball jumps set about 10ft/3m apart in a row) and Hand (where the dog learnt to run away from their Handler to a black rubber mat 50ft/15m away to retrieve a "toy" and return it to the Handler's hand for a reward - its motivator).
Dogs enjoy this game as they have the added bonus of jumping the low hurdles as well as retrieving things for their handler.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED -
netted training area
comfortable harness and lead
treat box or motivator
traffic cone or similar
Eventually either or both these "prompts" can be removed so that your dog can do Round without anyone being near the obstacle. Therefore, this Game is a great way to teach your dog to run on ahead of you, and also gives you the opportunity of teaching your dog directional commands (left and right turn) that can be used in Agility.
As well as being a fun Game for all types and sizes of dogs to do using very little equipment, it also has an added benefit for those dogs that may progress later on to do flyball. If a dog runs and presses a flyball box head on, the force with which it slams into the flyball box can damage its shoulders, back muscles and bones. However, if a dog is used to running round a "cone", and this cone is placed a few feet in front of the flyball box, the dog will approach the box at an angle and press it while doing a smooth "swimmers turn" around the cone. Not only does this type of turn lessen the amount of force exerted around the dog's body when it touches and turns on the box, the dog also keeps its momentum and speed going throughout the turn and returns down the lane at a similar pace to which it approached the box. Meanwhile, the dogs that run straight on to the box lose their momentum as they come to a stop and then turn, they have to build up speed again as they return down the flyball lane - losing precious seconds in the process.
At the Silver level of any Game, plastic netting should be used between lanes in the interests of the safety for each dog.
In the early stages of training Round, the handler needs either a trainer or an assistant to help guide the dog round the cone (see Round Starters) with a target stick or their hands. Later on the handler and dog can practice by themselves without these training aids.
The handler learns -
The dog learns -
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