Well, I don't know if I'm doing this right or will regret this. BUT, I've got this new puppy, and he seems very keen to learn things. I haven't seriously trained dogs in about 10 years, and before that I was an assistant for a private trainer who ran classes. I got as far as a CDX on one dog who was working on utility when life got in the way.
So, as I'm working with the new puppy (16 weeks this week) I decide to introduce the dumbell. After just a few repititions of "take it", pop it in his mouth, treats & praise, he's beginning to reach for it. I can't believe it. My last competition dog I had to use the "ear pinch" method, and I don't know if that's even still done anymore.
So, can anyone warn me if I'm messing this up? What is the typical method of teaching the obedience retrieve these days?