Join Date: May 2013
Location: Great White North
The ball is a stress reliever. Something like a security blanket. Does she squeeze the ball in her mouth? I'm thinking yes?
Yes...would be correct......she loves the tennis ball.
The ball might be a stress reliever but the ball has little value in the house.....because there is minimal interaction associated with the ball inside the house.....primarily outside. So.....and I probably have this wrong.....but what I am thinking is....every time we go outside to the backyard....the procedure is exactly the same...regardless whether we train / play or she just takes care of her business...or we are just out there while I do chores. The ball is used maybe less than half of the times when we are out in the yard.....so there is no "guarantee" we're going to train or play. However...with this new " give the ball to the dog before leaving the door" approach ....the association with the pending interaction must become a "guarantee" in the dog's mind....and as a result....the dog's anticipation and behavior by ignoring everything else makes sense....because it's go time in her mind???
Something else I have done for the majority of my dog's life is .....I don't leave any play objects laying around...no free access for the dog. I always introduce them to the dog...rather than her finding them and petitioning me with them....she also has learned...when I end the session...she carries the object and drops it at the back door before we go inside. I don't know if this is a good practice or not.....but I guess it was my application of some good advice I received regarding a definitive starting and ending point when working with the dog.
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