Timber, he's needed to carry things for me, that will be his job. Thank you, he is a super dog-- but very enthusiastic/silly at this age.
Catu, did you mean to post a link?
I wanna read it!
Bonita, Hmm.. he has a "Slow" command.. maybe that would help? How responsive is Elmo to his "easy" command? Do you switch to a deeper tone of voice, and say it slowly?
Melanie-- Hmm.. a weighted dumbbell... that is not a bad idea. I wonder if that would help break the habit?
Also, Grimm was taught retrieving with zero force, all fun. I absolutely do use corrections when I need to with Grimm, but not when I don't need to. I began with the 2-toy retrieval game ("Bring!"...."Out!"....Goooood Boyyyy!!")when he was 9 weeks old. (really!) Later on after a few months, I had him sit at heel at my side, I held the object in front of him, and softly said "take it." Then we moved right away into "Heel." He LOVES this game!! In fact, this is the only training GAME that he seems to get the idea that it is "work"-- and he gets all happy-proud-important about it. He gets tons of soothing praise as he carries the object walking next to me. BIG DEAL for him-- really proud of himself! We have done this outdoors, too, since indoors was working so well. (I have designed my livingroom and hallway deliberately to accomodate play-training indoors!) We haven't gone anywhere outside, just in the front parkinglot of my apartment building so far.
Guess I should back up and find a way to calm that hold after he "Takes it." Maybe carrying heavier things would help?