Yep, it'll just take practice. Like Dumas said, try being very fluid with the movement and to not have tension in your arm when swinging it. Nice relaxed wrist, slightly open hand and fluid movements. Good luck!
He just looked at me like "what did I do?" and then went and layed down out of my reach. He's so laid back it isn't even funny. I guess if I needed to I could have always lunged backwards!!! J/K I got the hang of it shortly after that.