I have had Nadia for nearly three years. In that time, I have tried everything I can think of to get her to bring a toy back to me.
I have tried using treats. Toss the toy and have food ready when she comes back-she won't come close enough to smell the treat
I have tried a long line. She is already doing her own thing by the time I reel it back in. Either that or the line gets so tangled that I can't reel it in for fear that I am going to trip her or hurt her.
I have tried a shock collar. She drops the toy as soon as she feels even the slightest little vibration let alone a shock.
I have tried walking away as soon as she comes towards me, to get her to follow.
I have tried to use a non squeaky toy for her to fetch and a squeaky toy in my pocket to get her attention to come back. As soon as I squeak the pocket toy, she loses interest in the non squeaking toy and while I have her total focus, it is that she is intent on getting the one I have (squeaker)
I have tried to tie a rope onto the toy and it turns into an instant tug game. She is strong, and can/has destroyed toys or nearly pulled my shoulders out. If I give in because it is painful to me, she wins. If the toys breaks, she wins.
I have tried praising her.
But without fail as soon as she gets the toy, while she will come back towards me, she will not bring the toy to me. If I reach out to get it, she turns away faster than I can get ahold of her collar.
The only way to date is to get her to lay down, tell her leave it and then take it away to throw again. The only other thing that ever worked was having two of the same item/toy and a large area to play in..throw one and get ready with the 2nd as she comes back. Then she would run back, get about half way to me, drop that one and run after the other. But to get her to bring just one toy back so I can throw it again...doesn't happen.
Zisso will do it. He brings it to me, and if I am sitting down will drop it in my lap. I can leave him in the house or take her some place else and work on it and get the same results...she will not bring a toy back to me. Doesn't matter what kind of toy. She will not chase after a tennis ball, so the Chuck it would be a waste of money.
Nadia - GSD -DOB 12-29-07
Zisso - GSD- DOB 9-16-07
Pepe & Kiki`my sweet kitties
Zisso is my heart~Nadia is my Love~My kitties bring me everything in between~Together they bring me Joy!