There are some working lines that are so drivey and impulsive that a prong may be required for the safety and security of the person holding the leash, but playing ball with a five month old future prospect is NOT one of those situations.
I agree with the others, ditch the prong, ditch the corrections. Find a CLUB and work with them since you don't want to make mistakes now that will mess up your foundation training and the relationship you have with your pup.
To stop this "Come and get the ball if you want it" game, and get your dog to come to you and release the ball, play "two ball".
Have two balls on a string (or two of his favorite fetch toys). You throw one, when he picks it up, call her and show her other ball. Do not throw the second ball until she has released the first ball. At first, just throw the ball a short distance so that she pics it up, and the second ball is there in her sight and the getting the first ball, releasing, getting the second ball is a fast-paced, quick-fire game.
Once she knows the game and releases reliably at the right time start saying "Out" just as she releases. When she starts coming to you on her own for the second ball, start throwing the balls out further. When she is running out further and coming back to you start running backwards/away and calling her to build drive for coming back.
Another thing you want to work on is making playing with the ball WITH YOU more fun than anything else. Make sure you have the balls on a rope, and play lots of tug with her, but let her keep the ball. On a walk, whip out your ball, play tug. Let her carry the ball, say her name, to get her attention, take the rope hanging from the ball, play tug, let her win. Take her out in the yard, give her her ball, let her sniff and potter around, call her grab the rope of the ball, play tug.
I got tot he point with Gryffon that we could be out in a big open field, and he was playing and running around with Keeta completely into the chase (but he would have his ball in his mouth). I could just call him, and he would break away from the chase and run straight to me, and I would play tug with him and make a huge deal of letting him win, then send him out on his way and he would resume being chased by my other dog.
I still play two ball, with Chuckits in big open areas with him, one of his favorite things. When he has one ball and runs back to me, I turn the other way, give him a drop it command when he is close, and launch the other ball in the other direction, so he keeps on running full speed. Again, this builds drive to run to the ball, and back to me. Runs twice the distance, half the stopping, better for him too.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015