Now that Rocco has mastered simple retrieving, we are working on his directed retrieve. It’s definitely a challenge, since he likes to question commands and give his opinion. I have to make sure to hide the first object well, because he keeps pointing out that I already HAVE a toy! The exercise builds confidence in a dog who is asked to work away from their handler, and it certainly gets their brain working when you request them to bring a specific object.
As you can tell in this video, we still have a long ways to go.