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Teaching A Great Dumbbell Retrieve – From Spoons To A Retrieve - It’s All Fun & Games.

  • Monday, January 19, 2015
  • 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2023
  • 9:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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with Barb Levenson



Learn how to teach your dog a fabulous retrieve. Barb does such a fantastic job teaching this behavior. This method is extremely effective and efficient. By breaking the huge chain into a bunch of tricks and games that are always fun and hugely reinforcing to the dog, the dog is part of a game that the dog thinks is their idea! As with any competition behaviors that need to be perfectly performed,  its all about the details, and Barb does a great job with this in her explanation and teaching.

Webinar Objectives

  • Learn what is a great Dumbbell retrieve
  • Understand Spoon training
  • How to use a nose-wich – the beginnings of hold
  • How and when to introduce the Dumbbell
  • Teaching hold with the Dumbbell
  • Understanding Dumbbell work on the floor
  • How to put it all together – Increasing distance

About The Presenter

Earlier in her career Barb realized that many of the problems facing obedience dogs were a result of using compulsion training methods. Working towards perfect canine obedience at a competition level this set Barb on a quest to learn more.

Listening to her own dogs Barb began to look for other methods.  Influenced by Ted Turner (from Sea World), Leslie Nelson, Patti Ruzzo, and others, Barb began introducing positive reinforcement methods into her teaching and training as early as 1989.  By the time she opened her own training school in 1991, she was using positive reinforcement in her puppy, basic obedience, and Canine Good Citizenship classes, and shortly after in her competition obedience classes.  At present she holds classes in a 12,000 square foot facility in Pittsburgh PA.Barb added the sport of agility to her school in 2000 and a couple of years later began teaching the classes herself.  

Barb’s approach to both agility and obedience has her marching to a different drummer, in part shaped by her equestrian experience.  She believes the best way to develop handling skills is “on the flat” – away from the equipment – and incorporates ideas from the horse world about training dogs on the flat.  Barb also believes that a strong foundation in obedience sets the stage for a solid relationship with the dog that is critical to enjoying and succeeding in agility.  And that means training and refining the communication – especially body language – between dog and handler.  To date she has competed with eight dogs and has titles in obedience (Canadian and American), agility and herding. Barb is  a instructor at DogNostics Career College and will be presenting a workshop at the 2015 PPG Convention in Tampa FL.

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