Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Help me with a fetch problem....
I'm trying to develop Nikon's ball drive and also condition him for the Sieger show. I'm supposed to add in a bit more exercise, and try to do activities where he carries a toy b/c sometimes he gaits with his head down. So I figured fetch is perfect for all three. He is not outing yet and I don't want to get into that so I start with two toys - a Gappay ball on a string and the floating Kong that's on a rope. The first few sessions were great, he fetches one, brings it back, and if he doesn't drop it I distract him with the other until he wants that one instead. The third fetch session, he decided that the Kong toy was better, so it took a little more work with the ball getting him to drop the Kong. He also though it would be fun to come back but stop about 15 feet from me, drop whichever toy he fetched, and just stand there. If I go to pick up the toy, of course he guards it and then at the last second he grabs it and tries to run. I feel like the game should end there, but now he wants to do this every time, and I don't know if he's smart enough to "get it" that I will walk away and quit because he's not coming all the way back to me. Last night I put a line on him and sort of reeled him in back to me and that did work, but it's such a mess. I nearly got clotheslined several times, a few times I threw the toy farther than the length of the line.
I know he CAN do this I just need to fix this new habit. Indoors, he has these Cuz balls and he will drop them in our laps and nudge at us until we throw them, so I know somewhere in his mind he has the concept of bringing the toy to US because we control the game.