Had a brillant idea today. Trying to teach a puppy in one of my Puppy Headstart Workshops how to bring back the toy to them when her people throw it.
Taught her how to 'target' my hand with her nose for clicks and treats at first. Then got her running by throwing the treat after I clicked her for touching her nose to the palm of my hand. Labeled the nose to hand "touch".
Added the toy to the mix and asked for "touch" with toy in her mouth. It took a bit of trial and error on her part but eventually she smacked the toy into my palm for a click and toss of the toy.
They now have a thinking dog that brings the toy all the way back.....smart girl !