Multiple questions..(training 'drop it' during fetch, digging issues...)
I just need help with a few things..
I am having trouble with the "drop it" command pertaining to playing fetch. In the house he is fine and does it well. if he gets something he's not supposed to which is rare, but he listens then. It's really only with fetch with a ball. It takes forever! It started more so since I moved here last year. Basically he likes to chomp on the ball when he brings it to me and in the past I would say "drop it" or "aus" (he learn 2 commands for this) then he would chomp once more and release. I have always allowed the chomping once before release, seems to be an excited thing. Anyways, recently he won't release when I say "drop it" he just chomps chomps chomps. Then releases after a good bit. It's just getting frustrating and makes me not want to play with him when I have to battle to get him to drop his ball. he never used to be like this and maybe I aided in the behavior by not addressing it the first time.. but I need help.
I am also curious about how to get him to stop "digging." He doesn't DIG like you think. He is basically trying to play with his toys by putting the toy in between his paws and attempting to thrust it through his legs meanwhile "digging" all around the toy. He only does this when I am not outside with him or not playing with him.. so it's hard to catch him in the act. I only noticed it when I would look outside to check on him. It was funny at first, but then he started doing it more and more and more and so now there are hoesl all over the place. and I know he's not digging, just to dig a hole or to bury anything.. there is ALWAYS a toy in the center of his holes.
I NEEEED to find a self occupying toy for Titan. He is not entirely food motivated and only wants to fetch with any toy you give him. Every. Single. Toy.. becomes a fetch item in my household. because most of the time I don't mind throwing it for him or tugging with him. But sometimes.. like this week where I am really really sick and don't have the strength, I need him to be occupied. I have gotten him a couple "mind" toys like the cube with squishy balls it it, or the similar toy with squirrels in it.. but he looses interest and wants you to just throw it. It's what he lives for. But I need something that doesn't require me, to entertain him. Anyone have a fetch driven, non-food motivated dog and found a way to self entertain him?
Commander Charly Titan (GSD)-15 Jan 2010
Last edited by MaggieRoseLee; 09-28-2012 at 10:09 AM.