All dogs are different, and they all approach the teeter differently. Some are not comfortable with the motion of the obstacle, others don't like the noise of the board, while for others it's the height that causes a problem. Some dogs aren't comfortable being (as they perceive it) "out of control," and some revel in being out of control.
Now there's an easy-to-follow, progressive program that will help you teach a terrific teeter performance to any dog, large or small. Over the past 12 years, Jen Pinder has developed a teeter training program that's designed to teach the dog that he is truly in control of the motion. Part of being in control means the dog must know what is expected and how to do it. Through this training method your dog will learn to
• Mount the board straight on
• Run all the way to the end of the board
• Go directly to his end position (either four-on or two-on/two-off) as the board hits the ground
• Stay on the board in his end position until he is given a release cue.
While the program can be followed start to finish to teach new dogs the teeter, it is also designed to provide problem-solving support for trained dogs with teeter performance problems. An entire disc is devoted to solving problems such as dogs being fearful of the tip point, the sound, or the height; dogs that fly off; dogs that hesitate on the board; and dogs that reach off the board early.