My dog and I have been through the Hillman puppy program. We are now on Lardy's DVDs and just started force fetch with ear pinch. She has hold down pretty well and will heel, come, and sit while holding. I like to mix in some breaking retrieves while working on ear pinch to keep her spirits up. However, she has a bad habit of cigaring the bumper or carrying it by the rope on the retrieve. I can't work on hold with her as she is coming back to me because she is holding it wrong to begin with. I tried tieng the rope in knots to shorten it but it didn't help much. Has anyone just made their own wooden dummies using a dowel and squares from a 2x4? Something like this but square ends instead of diamond:
This is my first time to force fetch a dog. Just wasn't sure if it was OK to make something like this to work on force fetch and use it on breaking retrieves until she is through force fetch and stops cigaring so much.