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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-21-2010, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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How do I teach him how to play fetch?

Hey guys, I am trying to teach my gsd to play fetch how did you guys do it? I took him to the dog park and all he wanted to do was sit there and listen to the birds. He wanted nothing to do with the toys but when we are at home he always wants me to throw the ball so he can catch it. What gives? I also live in a condo so I don't got a backyard to practice
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-23-2010, 04:36 PM
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Use a hallway in your condo. Close all the doors and throw the ball down the hall. This gives the dog no other option but to bring the ball back to you. Try to find something that he enjoys to play with for him to bring back to you. To get him to drop the ball, just trade him a treat for the ball and speak a command. ("drop it" or whatever you want to use.) This has worked for me with multiple dogs.
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It sounds like the dog is distracted at the park. Once you teach him inside, move outside but try to find an empty field with little distractions. Only once he is comfortable there, move to a place with additional distractions. You can slowly work up to the dog park. Also work on obediance and spend time on 'focus' excersises. Dogs have small brains and have a hard time focusing on multiple things. If he learns to focus on you and you spend time having fun with him in various places, he won't be distracted in any location. If he's still listening to birds, instead of playing, then you're not enough fun for him.
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I just realised that last sentence might have sounded condescending. I'm sorry. Thats not how I meant it. When you are playing in a place with distractions, you have to act crazy, run around, whatever it takes to get the dog amped up and into your game. If he's into your antics and your games, he'll have a hard time noticing any other distractions.
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Two ball works too! Instead of trading for a treat, as soon as the dog releases the ball to you, you throw the other one.
Maybe your dog would enjoy a frisbee instead of a ball, change it up some to keep it interesting.

Sometimes the competition of another dog possibly getting the ball will ramp a dog up into retrieving.
I know my dogs will chase it down quick and whoever gets there first, wins.

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Ok, now that we have that info., how do you get him to bring it back. Wolf used to bring stuff back even when we were outside, now he will only bring it back if we are inside. And yes, we are working on the "come" command.
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Working on the 'come' is the way to go. If that isn't established, it will be hard to play fetch if the dog is being distracted. You, again, would have to make sure that you are playing a game the dog is crazy about, run around, whatever it takes. You have to have the dog focus on you!
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I find that backing away from or even runnign away from Zoey gets her to 'chase' me. Then I trade her a treat for the ball when she gets to me. That is if she remembered to bring the ball

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Ok, now that we have that info., how do you get him to bring it back. Wolf used to bring stuff back even when we were outside, now he will only bring it back if we are inside. And yes, we are working on the "come" command.
That's also where the treats could come into the picture.. If he realizes that he's getting a bite to eat everytime he brings a ball to you AND drops it. He'll do pretty well....
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Thanks, I have used the treats and I have also turned away, like I am going to leave and quit playing the game. He is very excited about his "outside" toys. Some of them, he will relinquish a lot more readily. The jolly ball is another story. lol
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