Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: Fetch.... Help!
I think back chaining is great for shaping a formal retrieve using positive methods. However, for fetch I want it fun, hyper, and a lot less formal. Nikon fetches, but he did not start that way. First, I had to make him really want the object to be used for fetch. For that, I do some back-tying and basic prey drive work, getting the dog all revved up for the ball or whatever it is. Then, once we're ready to move to fetch, I started him on a long line and would "reel" him in because at first he wanted to run off with the toy. Now he has learned the "aus" and also learned that the game stops if he doesn't bring back the toy.
So for me, fetch as a fun game/exercise is more about the dog's obsession with the object and wanting to play with you than actually doing any formal training (other than training the "aus" if you want, as an easier way of getting the toy back).