You have probably seen those high-strung dogs in commercials, leaping over their owner's back to catch a Frisbee in their mouth.
Did you know that you could teach your own dog the same trick? Although some dogs are more receptive to that type of training than others, most dogs will quickly figure out what you want and how to do it.
The first thing you should do is to generate some excitement in your dog and his training. Begin by getting some dog treats, either commercial treats or bits of hot dog, cheese or lunchmeat. Call the dog’s name and give him a treat. Do this several times until he is anxiously looking for his treat. The secret here is to give him a small enough treat so that he can quickly swallow it and look for more. If you give him something that he will put down, stop, and chew up before swallowing, it will be hard to maintain a level of excitement.
Once he has learned to associate you calling him with getting something good to eat, you can introduce the Frisbee. Toss the Frisbee on the ground in front of you upside down. This leaves the rim available for him to use to pick the Frisbee up. If he grabs the Frisbee, praise him lavishly and give him a treat. What if he just looks at the Frisbee? No problem, toss a treat into the Frisbee and praise him when he eats it. Continue in this way, first tossing the Frisbee, and then tossing the treat in until he grabs the Frisbee when you toss it. You will be surprised at how quickly he catches on. The main thing is to keep your practice sessions short, no longer than ten or fifteen minutes, so that he can maintain his enthusiasm.
Once he is consistently grabbing the Frisbee when you toss it on the ground, begin to throw it in the air, not to high, but high enough to give him the opportunity to grab it be fore it hit the ground. Again, as soon as he gets it, give him a treat and lavish praise. Some dogs are real naturals at this and pick right up on it, while others may take several training sessions. The main thing to remember is to keep the training session fun, and do not drill the dog until boredom sets in. Once they become bored, they quickly lose interest in performing.
Now that he can catch the Frisbee in the air, he understands the basic concept and you can continue to make the throws higher, farther, and more difficult. You can also reduce the amounts of treats he gets, although you always want to be generous with your verbal praise. Soon your dog will have all the neighbors amazed as he jumps through hula hoops and over your kids as he catches Frisbees in his mouth.