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Old 12-15-2006, 01:46 PM
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Hello, I am the mommy of a German Shepherd name Charlie. I am looking for advice on how to get him to play frisbee. He is a great "fetcher" but it's the jumping up and catching it part he has trouble with!
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Old 12-15-2006, 01:55 PM
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It's generally medium-sized, close-coupled dogs who leap really well after frisbees. A larger dog with a longer back is going to have more trouble with it - their balance seems to be thrown off by leaving the ground like that. I'd say play with the frisbee and the dog a lot, not emphasizing the jumping part. You can roll the frisbee, or throw it low so he doesn't have to leap after it. If he really likes playing with the frisbee, you'll be able to start encouraging him to jump higher after a while.

How old is he? I'm vaguely aware that larger breeds are supposed to not get too much strenuous exercise before a certain age, and in any size dog, puppies and young dogs are more clumsy.
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Old 12-15-2006, 02:02 PM
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Charlie is a little over a year old. It was always my understanding that German Shepherds are supposed to be GREAT frisbee dogs. I always see other German Shepherds at the dog park playing and they do great. We have been playing and chasing the frisbee for months now but it has been about 6 weeks since I started trying to get him to jump for it, as I know you shouldn't try to make younger dogs jump due to potential joint problems. It's weird because he jumps all over the place in excitement when I get the frisbee out, he just won't jump FOR it.
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:13 PM
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Welcome to Chazhound!! I love GSD's... do you have any pics of Charlie ??

I think you should just keep working with him, and praise like crazy for small steps. For example, if he starts to bounce around and hop towards it, praise him, and encourage him. I He'll probably get the hang of it.
Also, IMO some dogs don't like regular frisbies at first. Maybe it feels hard on their teeth... there are vinyl ones (or something like that) and that may be easier to get the behavior you want started... HTH

Maybe if you post in the general dog forum, training forum, or maybe the sports forum you make get more suggestions
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