I read the article, I don't know if I agree with the basic premise. A dog with OCD fetch is created or at least allowed by the owner... there are ways to make fetch controlled with a beginning and an end so it's clear in the dog's head. To bring that "life and death" mindset out of it. Or at least to have pressure gauges in place to relieve that state of mind.
Fetch in different forms can be a really useful training tool. A dog prone to go into OCD fetch mode, probably won't be cured by off leash decompression hikes, although I certainly see their value (I go on one daily). You need to address that OCD issue, as well.
That is my primary issue with the article. A dog who gets OCD about fetch- you need to address that, at its root.
I probably do the opposite- not enough training and too much off leash mountain time, because it's what I love. So coming from the other end, there is much value in fetch and training times as well, you need both for balance! I make a point to work my dogs in some form daily, and fetch is part of that, usually.
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