Read this if you can say yes to any of the following. Your dog:
- Is faster than SwiftPaws home
- Can catch the flag easily
- Just waits for the flag to come to them
- Cuts corners
- Turns around and gets the lure when it comes by
- Cheats! (fill in the blank)
If your dog(s) keep catching the flag, it might mean that they're very good at what they do! It's no fun for your doggo if all the flag does is go around and around or is so fast it's just a blur. SwiftPaws was designed to be engaging, inviting, interesting and fun for you and your pet. But the most important element in making it all those things is YOU.
If your dog is really smart, it will only take them seconds to figure out the flag is moving along a and set path and will learn the pattern and be able to predict where it is going, and calculate the quickest path to it.
To keep their interest and to make it the most fun for them - just make the flag movement UNPREDICTABLE! That's where you come in. Just running around in circles isn't any more "fun" to a dog than running on a treadmill is for you. SwiftPaws exercises your dog's mind as much as it does their body.
So when the flag captures your dog's attention, you can really engage them by moving it fast, then slow, forward, and backward, you know your buddy best! Watch them, see what excites them and what leaves them underwhelmed.
Even if your dog will chase the flag round and round in circles, it's more fun for them to be surprised.
it night help to think of it more like a game of keep-away! Or monkey in the middle!
But remember to let them "win" too. It would also become boring, even frustrating, if they never catch the flag.
Need Proof? Just watch how proud your furry friend gets when they do finally catch it!
We hope to get some videos of how to really engage your pup using the SwiftPaws Home system. So keep checking this Help Center for great articles, advice, video links and more! And join the SwiftPaws Private Community on Facebook to see how other's are using SwiftPaws home to enrich their dog's lives.