Drop It Like It’s Hot: The Reverse Retrieve

Sunday, Oct. 8

1:40PM - 3:30PM

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 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

In my heart of hearts I’m a teacher. Many of my students go on to achieve amazing things with their dogs because my first and foremost goal is being the best coach/teacher I can be to my students and their dogs.

I believe this is the case because I am a creative thinker, with a flare for fun.

When I’m teaching a skill to a student/dog team I work from a triad.

  1. What is the human student’s learning style?
  2. What is the dog’s learning style?
  3. I present the information to that team to meet the needs of both learning styles.

When I write lectures and create videos, I consciously explain the concepts in different ways to reach different learning styles.

I take the time explain why one way might work for your dog vs a conventional approach.

I’m very process oriented, with end goals in mind, and I make sure we have fun during that process.

Sometimes the process does not “look” like what one would expect it to, to reach an end goal, but I won’t steer you wrong — there is always a good reason, and I’m always willing to discuss it.

At the end of the day, I’m way more concerned about my students meeting their training goals and being successful with their dogs than I ever am about my own.

My own dogs are titled in Herding, Tricks, Rally, Team, and Agility. I have had multiple High in Trials in Herding with multiple dogs that include pedigreed dogs and my mutt, Dori Time.

In herding some of my recent CKC accomplishments are: My Pearl Girl was the #7 Border Collie in Canada, the Giant Schnauzer I train and handle, Serra/Dragon, was the #1 Giant Schnauzer & #3 Working Dog, and my mutt, Dori Time, was the #1 CKC Mutt.