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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-29-2010, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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wont fetch???

I am trying to get Jake to fetch and I am having no luck. I throw the ball, frisbee or stick and he runs gets it and then goes in the other direction with it and lays down and proceeds to chew it. If I walk toward him he runs so I have learned to begin walking away from him so he gets up to follow me and most of the time drops whatever he had in his mouth and then comes to me. I am sure there are some very helpful hints and links to show me what to do and what not to do. Any help would be wonderful as he is not catching on...
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I wish I had some advice for you. I can't even get Ava to chase the ball or anything. She has ZERO play drive. She will play tug but that is all. I dont know how to get her to chase the ball, let alone bring it back to me.

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My dog didn't know how to do it either, but he learned from watching my other dog. She just naturally chased it and brought it back.
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Jake is an only...no others to teach him...so I need to learn how to teach him.
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Molly was the same to begin with and all I did was when she buggered off with the ball or frisbee (whatever) I would throw another one so she chases that and so on and so on. In other words have at least 2 balls on hand! Now she will go for the ball and I say "get it" and "bring it back" and when she drops it, I throw the next! She got the hang of it pretty quickly. Not sure if that helps but I think perhaps it is just his age

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Here's a recent thread with some ideas: How to teach fetch?

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post #7 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-29-2010, 09:10 PM
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You can try this: put a long line on him and when he has the ball, start backing up, encourage, encourage, encourage, and all the time gently pull him in with the leash. Flexi leash works great for this because as the flexi contracts, it will exert a slight pressure on the dog and pull the dog towards you. When Jake gets to you, take the ball from him (as gently as possible) and AS SOON AS YOU HAVE THE BALL, toss it again. Don't tease him, don't tug, immediately toss it and let him go get it. The idea here is you want to teach him the point of the game is for him to chase and catch the ball, not some possession game between you and him (i.e. tugging). If you tease him with the ball, guess what he is going to do when he has the ball? Yup, tease you with it.

Also remember, with pups, start slow and easy. Don't chuck the ball across a football field and expect him to come back with it. Start with short tosses (4-5 ft) and work up from there.

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well see that's one thing I am doing wrong, i throw it pretty far...how long of a lead?
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You can start with your regular 6 ft line in the beginning. Remember, the further the dog is away from you, the less influence you will have of the dog. This is true of all dogs but especially true of puppies. At 2 ft away from you, the dog may sniff and then you call and the pup will go "Oh, mom's calling me" and come back. At 6 ft, the dog might still come back but not as fast. At 10 ft, the dog might just decide "Yea, yea, yea, I hear you. In a minute". Circle of influence. Start with a tiny tiny circle and work out from there.
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ok, going to get a few leads tomorrow, thank you for the great advise. I knew I was missing something and for starters I am allowing him to get to far from me...so I will start there.
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