Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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.
Last edited by Jason L; 05-29-2010 at 09:13 PM.