|06-16-2014 09:51 PM|
|06-16-2014 09:45 PM|
Read these threads for lots of tips on teaching fetch:
|06-16-2014 06:02 PM|
Try the two toy trick. It works. I taught Lisl to fetch by four months. Now I can't get her to stop.
Always a dirty slobbery Kong in my lap during the warm months. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
|06-16-2014 05:04 PM|
Try teasing him with it, then only rolling it a few feet away, don't throw it. Lots of encouragement to get it turn back to you. If he comes without it, take him to it with encouragement and when he picks it up move back a couple steps and call him to you.
Keep the whole game moving and build as much excitement as you can for chasing the ball, all you need is one return for you to roll it again to start making it clear to him, so whatever it takes to be able to reward him. See what I mean?
|06-16-2014 04:54 PM|
|06-16-2014 04:41 PM|
Mine didn't start loving fetch until 6 months. He loved tug even at 8 weeks old so when he got older I got a ball on string and I would tug with him then tell him to out and throw it. If he brought it back to me I would tug with him some more.
If your pup comes from a pedigree with schutzhund dogs or just drivey dogs in general then just let your pup mature.
Some dogs just don't have the drive to really love the game though. I had a show line that literally could care less about fetch.
|06-16-2014 04:40 PM|
|Steve Strom||So you aren't worried about a formal retrieve, you'd just like him to bring it back, hopefully running?|
|06-16-2014 04:19 PM|
Thanks for all your suggestions. I'm not too worried, but I really don't want to take up running to be able to exercise him enough :-), that is why I want him to play fetch.
Definitely don't want to make it a job, so I will let him be and see where it goes.
Btw, love the ME videos, I have 3 right now, would like to get his heeling video too.
|06-16-2014 04:03 PM|
|osito23||Personally I wouldn't stress out about it right now; none of my dogs caught on to fetch until they were around 6 months old. I agree that trying to train fetch too much at this age can make it a job instead of fun later on. One thing my dogs loved around that age was chasing a soccer ball with me. Don't necessarily make it about fetching the soccer ball - just run around and kick it with your puppy. It's a good way to tire him out and will help build ball drive.|
|06-16-2014 10:51 AM|
there are plenty of good instructional videos on the retrieve...
I think Michael Ellis has one, Balabanov has one...the first one I saw, and that I used on a DDR dog who did not care for a dead prey object was called Pawsitively Fetching....now it has been refined and is called Totally Fetching...you can get it via Amazon for $50.....
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