|Wow! She was really thin and ripped when we first got her!|
Before adopting Luna I had decided that I would train my next dog to compete at AKC shows. Not a bad idea if I had adopted a retriever or shepherd, but I gave myself a real challenge by selecting a greyhound. Greyhounds can be difficult to train for obedience (but why do they need it when they are already perfect?) and for this reason many people believe greyhounds cannot sit let alone retrieve.
I had never successfully taught a dog to retrieve. Eris did not want any part of the experience and I blame myself for her dislike towards dumbbell training. I really had no idea what I was doing and after awhile Eris gave up and refused to look at the dumbbell. I recall telling my trainer that "Greyhounds don't do retrieval" and resigning from obedience shortly afterward.
I had to eat my words after watching the videos on Never Say Never Greyhounds (http://neversaynevergreyhounds.blogspot.com/search/label/Retrieving). Here were retired racers who clearly loved the retrieve game. I studied the instructional videos and decided to give dumbbell training another go, this time in a positive and game-like manner. The results are fantastic!
Here are the results of just a few short weeks of training. I hope to capture some better footage of us training in the near future.