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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Ending the Game?

My dog is very ball driven as are many of yours It is a useful training tool for sure!

We play 2 ball. No problem outing, doing focus work etc. BUT when the time comes to END the game, sometimes, there is conflict.

I like to be clear in letting him know "all done", NO trickery. Wanting to build trust etc.

I'd like to hear how you end your game. TIA!
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I play 2 ball with a chuck it. Usually on our last toss I'll throw it as far as possible and when he starts walking back I head to the house. He just follows. The first couple times I did run as he turned to head back. He was like what's going on and caught up and didn't protest.
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I like to be clear in letting him know "all done", NO trickery. Wanting to build trust etc.

I'd like to hear how you end your game. TIA!
I think you are on the right track.....a clear beginning and ending...

I started small with expectations ....commensurate with the dog's likelihood for success......but still an abrupt and mostly predictable ending... the dog still showed some reluctance......but complied.

I slowly upped the ante...altering the definitive ending of the session by adding new trained behaviors.... ...like carrying the ball to the backdoor of the house and dropping it...which really punctuated " session over". I'd usually reward with praise and a food scrap once inside the house. I think the process has taught the dog that after a series of events...which includes the clear ending of the game...it all leads to pretty reasonable positive event.

I think the breed is too smart for "trickery" ....so when you say it's over....that's what happens

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My boy didn't want to end Frisbee games. When he realized we were about to end a game (sometimes before we realized it ourselves) he would take off with the disc and go to a far side of the yard. At that point we go into the house leaving him outside with the toy. He didn't really want the toy for himself, he wanted to continue the game. If you dog is more toy possessive this won't work. A couple of minutes later we would find him at the door with the toy, invite him in and give him a nice treat. I also had a season of only playing Frisbee with him on a long line so he couldn't run off with the toy. That was a pain for both of us since long lines have a way of wrapping around legs.

For our Big-boy we say "all done". I suspect he understands that but still petitions to continue playing.."gee mom, just one more time". For my gal-dog I say "toys away". At that she starts anticipating a nice treat or a change of toys.
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I think my problem is that sometimes, the food (favorite treat) does not appease him and we are somewhere where we have to go. I'm a little leary of letting him go back to his crate with it because I don't want to create dominance over it.

I think he his more into playing with me than the ball itself, but no sense in maybe starting something? IDK?

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