fetch and drop-it challenges
Step by step she is now going on 8 month! a lot of progress, overall doing well, still this adolescent stage is...well you know... anyway, there are two things now that im stuck with. We have been working on drop-it command and fetch for almost 6 weeks now very intensely, but there are a few problems i feel stuck with, maybe someone has helpful advice.
I work on drop-it with the flirt-pole, after she catches the lure, we play tug for a bit and then i do the drop-it. I have train the drop-it before on a controled way and she knows the command - i think - but even after weeks now of repeating, it takes a loooooonggg time.. i stop the tug, hold the toy in my hand firmly and I say 'drop-it' she just stares and me, not moving.. after a while i say 'no' and repeat teh command.. sometimes i have to repeat it 4 or 5 times, usually with a 'firm' or even 'harsher' tone of no.. drop-it - then she releases, immedialty i say 'yes' and throw the toy in the ground.... but ive been doing over this for weeks now. i see no improvement.. any ideas of what im doing wrong?
Fetch.. that has been hard. I started with a line, to reel her in. so she is kind of conditioned now to walk towards me after grabbing the ball.. but the thing is, even when I was practicing fetch with the line (im not anymore), the moment she grabs the ball, she goes into a chewing mode, i can tell by the look in her eyes, 'she is not there'.. totally gone, just chewing on it, even if I reel her in, when she gets close to me.. still in that 'chewing planet'.. i tried at the moment she is close to me, take the ball and reward.. but she is so much 'gone into chewing' that i dont see its clicking for her at all - there is no connection.
So i changed to train fetch together with the flirt pole, as she is obcessive about it, even more than food. so we play flirt pole for a bit, then I throw a ball, and she onlhy gets to play with the flirt-pole after she brings me the ball.. I managed to overcome the first hurdle, which was she chases the ball, gets it, immediatly drops it and runs back to play.. i managed to correct that, and she doesnt drop it immediatly and walks over with it... but then the problems start.. she wont drop it near me.. she deliberaly avoids that in fact.. she might walk past me a few feet and circle , and drops it away from me. if i try to correct that with a 'no' the moment she drops it far away, she will get it again (she got that already), and then goes back into that 'chewing mode'. sometimes , i dont know, she will do the right thing, drop it near me in one go, i reward and play - but even though this happened a few times, its very rare, sometthing is not clicking here and tried the general things: run from her to make her come to me, the line, but as I said above its not working for some reason.