Drop It Like It’s Hot: The Reverse Retrieve

Friday Oct 4

11:00 AM

Experience Level: Novice & Above

We spend a lot of time teaching our dogs to retrieve items to us and to hold onto items, and then when we want them to take an object away from us and drop it in the middle of nowhere our dogs are understandably confused.

In this Drop It Like It’s Hot hands-on workshop I will teach you how to train your dog that taking an object away from you and dropping it on cue is just as rewarding as giving you an object.

It is a step by step process that will teach your dog on cue:

  • “Drop it Like It’s Hot”
  • With the handler at a distance
  • And then return to the handler having left the object behind

Prerequisites: your dog must be able to pick up an object off the floor


  1. Small floor target (a fit paws silicon paw target is a good example; we likely have a few available if you  do not have one with you)
  2. Food your dog will do backflips for
  3. Clicker or other marker, a whistle or a duck caller
  4. 5 or 6 objects your dog likes to put in their mouth

Presenter Bio

Barbara Lloyd

Founder and Lead Trainer, The Dog’s Den Training School

Barbara Lloyd, with over 24 years of experience, is a trailblazer in the world of dog training. As the owner of The Dog’s Den Training School, she has dedicated her career to transforming the lives of both dogs and their human companions.

Changing the Landscape: Cognitive Challenges Framework

Barbara’s innovative approach to dog training centers around her groundbreaking Cognitive Challenges framework. Recognizing that every dog is unique, she has developed a series of challenges that give key insights into understanding the individual cognitive abilities, learning styles, and emotional needs of dogs.

She then uses this information to tailor training methods to individual dogs and handler teams. Because of Barbara’s emphasis on truly understanding how each individual dog she works with thinks, she effectively empowers dogs to thrive and overcome obstacles.

Her commitment to evidence-based practices and positive reinforcement has revolutionized the way we approach dog behavior modification. Barbara’s workshops and seminars have inspired countless trainers, pet owners, and professionals to adopt a more compassionate and effective approach to training.

Meet the Stars of The Dog’s Den: Dori Time and Pearl Girl

Barbara’s own dogs are living proof of her expertise. Dori Time, the esteemed head of her Mongrel Empire, has earned the prestigious title of CKC Top Dog in Herding. Dori’s journey from a rescue dog with an uncertain past to a top performer showcases Barbara’s ability to unlock a dog’s potential through patience, understanding, and skillful training.

And then there’s Pearl Girl, Barbara’s Border Collie. In a remarkable feat, Pearl Girl achieved her CKC Herding Championship in a single weekend. With multiple high-in-trial awards, impressive high aggregate scores in both arena and stockdog trials, and unwavering focus, Pearl Girl exemplifies the pinnacle of herding excellence.

Barbara’s passion extends beyond accolades and titles. She believes that every dog, regardless of their background or challenges, deserves a chance to thrive. Her commitment to education, advocacy, and community building has left an indelible mark on the dog training industry.

Join Barbara at the upcoming FDSA Training Camp to learn from a true visionary. Whether you’re a seasoned trainer or a dog lover eager to make a difference, Barbara’s insights will inspire you to create a brighter future for our canine companions.