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 won't take them long to figure out the flag is moving along a set path 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 catches your dog's attention, you can really engage them by moving it fast, then slow, in different directions. Slowing the flag before corners, then speeding around the corners allows your dog to see the turn while they're slowing (and prevents them from losing the flag and overshooting the corners). Play around with the movement to learn what your buddy likes best! Watch them, see what excites them and what leaves them underwhelmed.
CAUTION: sudden changes in direction while the dog is chasing has a potential to cause injury to your dog. Only use sudden changes in direction to capture their interest.
Even if your dog will chase the flag round and round in circles, it's more fun for them to be surprised.
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.