I watched this video earlier (been watching a lot of detection dog and nosework videos as well as just general police/military dog videos lately lol) and I noticed that in the video, he seems to have some sort of device or something that launches the toy out at the source of the odor which I thought was a brilliant idea and I was just wondering what you guys think the device could be? I did ask on the video but am not sure if they will see it or reply. I know they do make automatic tennis ball launchers but this does not seem to be one because most of those launch horizontally and also, the toy isn’t always a ball, sometimes it’s a tug it launches. Most trainers I have seen just bounce the ball in front of the dog or pull out a tug and put it in it’s face for the reward, which are all great ideas and all have the odor rewarding the dog rather than the handler releasing from odor, but I just thought the automatic launcher thing seemed like a great idea. I know this is probably kind of a weird and very specific question for this thread and would maybe be more appropriate for a more dog specific site BUT I know that a lot of you have experience with dogs, even if not in this particular field, and also most of you are very handy and crafty so I thought I would ask here what you guys think he is using for the launcher. I know it is probably impossible to determine since the launcher is hidden from sight but any ideas? It does not appear to be very high velocitiy and seems to launch both balls and tugs but maybe it is two separate launchers. High enough velocity to punch through the boxes though. I know it is also a fairly long video but even just a few clips should give an idea. I would appreciate any input because I like the idea and am wanting to implement it possibly but if I can’t figure it out, I will just use the other idea most trainers use. I just ordered some various tugs and balls on strings for Libby and Franklin. Also, while we’re on the subject of dogs, I am having a very hard time getting Franklin to tug. Libby loves tug and latches right on and usually refuses to let go or runs far away with the toy (need to go back to basics and rework that with her lol) but Franklin is a lot more timid and a huge cuddle bug so I am having two issues but they are kind of the same issue. 1. With fetch, he will run after it but if you call him, he will just drop it and come back immediately because he’s such a good boy with great recall and wants to cuddle. That’s great except... I want him to bring the toy back to me. But he loves balls so if you don’t call him, he is so cute just running all over and dropping it and picking it up again and having grand fun entertaining himself. So it is not an issue with him not liking the ball. Issue 2 is that he is so timid that if you try to play tug with him (which I often use as a reward for Libby for training), he will just get scared and let go immediately, I guess because he thinks that’s what you want him to do? Or he wants you to have it or something? He won’t hold it and tug. But I also haven’t really worked on it that much with him so maybe he will with practice. But so far he just drops instantly and won’t hold objects. He does it with Libby too. He just lets her take stuff from him all the time. So it is not just with me. He is just a very nervous and submissive but sweet and gentle dog.