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Old 01-14-2013, 11:22 AM
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Default How is your dogs catching ability?

I ask because Orson can't catch to save his life! Not.even.joking.

This is his four pronged attack ......

Toss toy/treat

1. Sit with blank look on face blinking as object gets closer.
2. Object smacks into face.
3. Go find where object landed.
4. Eat food/play with object.

Once in a while he'll open his mouth, but I'm tellling you even if the object hits him squarely on the tongue he manages to NOT catch it! I find myself treating him like a toddler learning to play baseball. I use the softest under handed tosses I can do and STILL nothing! LOL

Now Phoebe was a different story. You were hard pressed to get something passed her..........she was a catching machine! Even in her later years when her eyes starting getting milky, she never missed a beat. If she had landed in a sporting home, she could have been onehelluva frisbee dog or something along those lines.

Family dogs growing up usually had varied skills from ok to good, but Orson's total lack of skill in this area is not only comical, I also find it sweet and something that makes him stand out in all the pets I've lived with.

So where does your dog rate on this?
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:28 AM
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LOL Poor boy. It's hard with that narrow mouth!

Mine are pretty good, it's a learn to catch or miss out thing I think. Shamoo is a killer vacuum cleaner.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:29 AM
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Rosey does the same as Orson! Only once she got older, though.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:33 AM
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Kim is pretty good with food or toys as long as she has warning. If you toss something at her without telling her first she is mortally offended by your attempt to kill her. Though if it's food she'll snatch it up and eat it before telling you how very offended she is.

Webster is like a ninja when it comes to food tosses yet epically fails at catching toys, though he will jump for them. He often tries to cath toys with his paws and seeing how they are paws this usually doesn work. But matter how bad the toss or small the morsel, food rately hits the ground around Web.

Mira can and will move heaven and earth to catch a toy. On the rare occasion she misses, she throws herself after it with such reckless abandon that she will often still nab it before it hits the ground. With fold she's about 50/50 -- about half the time she will let it fall then eat it, especially if the other dogs aren't around or she's not sure what sort of food I'm chucking at her. She rarely misses meat or cheese, though. Veggies she prefers to inspect.

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:37 AM
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Frodo is amazing at catching food. Amazing.

If he would just put his amazing abilities to work and start catching toys/balls/frisbees and bringing them back to me, I would be the happiest person on earth.

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:44 AM
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Bailey's pretty good at catching things. Buzz... can't catch anything to save his life! Sometimes I can get a piece of food in his open mouth and he thinks that's just amazing!
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:51 AM
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Both of my girls catch everything. EVERYTHING. I could be tossing a pair of socks to my husband and a little merle monster will jump out of nowhere and grab it.

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:56 AM
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Tucker is pretty good, we've actually spend time practicing with both food and his ball. He really like ball catching practice. It's just SO much easier to toss him treat while walking so I don't have to keep stopping and bending over.

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Old 01-14-2013, 12:01 PM
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Gipsy was pretty great at catching food. No food would get by her. She had a great reaction too. Like if something fell unexpected, she'd catch it.

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Old 01-14-2013, 12:08 PM
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Murphy is okay at catching food. He got a lot better after we got Mu and he realized that Mu would snarf his treats when he missed. Toys and balls are a no go. He won't even try to catch them - I've hit him in the face while throwing things for Mu.

Mu can catch anything. She's got ridiculous eye mouth coordination.

Tipper...has gotten a lot better? Lol. I've seen her pop her jaws three times before a ball/treat even gets to her mouth and she STILL doesn't catch it. She's gotten a lot better with most treats (except popcorn...the floating motion confuses her and it mostly bounces off her face).

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