Introducing your Pet to SwiftPaws for the First Time
Here are the steps we use to introduce a pet to SwiftPaws:
1. Take your pet into the center of the course, so the flag will be going around you when you start running.
2. Hold onto your pet so you’re ready to release them, but DON’T release them quite yet!
3. Gently restrain your pet and start to move the flag, you can go back and forth, start and stop, or even go all the way around.
4. Once your pet is showing interest in the flag, that’s the best time to release them and encourage them. You can praise them, or say go get it!
If your pet doesn’t “take” to SwiftPaws right away don’t despair! Some pets take a little longer to get comfortable and start chasing. It’s important not to pressure them to do it, and if they want to go sniff the pulleys/machine/flag and are timid at first, DON’T move anything while they are doing this! You could risk scaring your pet and if they’re afraid of it they certainly won’t chase it!