Very impressive dog! The only comment I would have is placing the ball under her chin and allowing the dog to jump up to grab it to me is not such a good idea. Just seemed to me a potential there for an accidental facial injury to the trainer. No sure if it's such a good idea to encourage a dog jump up towards someone's face like that in order to get the ball.
It's neat how he takes it directly back like that. But I don't understand the jumping at her face either. I'm assuming it is a specialty training that I am ignorant of. Enlighten us, Gunny! What's up with the face jumping?
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
Oh, Let me explain. She is training what is called "retrieve on the flat" In Schutzhund, or IPO rules (they do this in AKC Obedience to, but the judging is not as critical). In the obedience phase. The handler throws the dumbell out the dog must retrieve and come back, sit in front of the handler and hold the dumbell with a calm grip. Then releasing when the handler says out. After the out the dog must remain in the front position focused on the handler.
So what she wants is the dog to be close to her, and looking at her. So to keep the dog focused up at her, that's where the reward comes from. Accidents can happen,and they must be careful. But I think that this handler will be okay.
So the magic is she is training it backwards. Starting with the end product first, the dog outing. then going on to holding then retrieving to her, then going out to get it. And when it all comes together it's going out to get the toy, retrieveing to her, holding the toy, then outing. A lot of us lose points here cause the dogs are not close, I do not think the ball under her chin matters as much as that the dog was reward FIRST for being close. Not last.
But the how correct the dog is amazing, The dog is close, the dog does not chew, the dog goes out straight, the dog comes back straight, the dog is focused on her, the dog does not bump her..
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
I have seen trainers fill their mouths up with hot dog pieces to get their dog to focus on them, the dog expects the treat to come from that area they will focus on it. I like the ball trick though, I have never seen that one.