I am having the SAME problem....!!!! We are a work in progress. I have been telling Jake no when he drops the ball far away and looks at me, then I tell him"get the ball" and "good boy" when he picks the ball back up and heads closer to me, then I start backing up making silly noises and encouraging him......we aren't there yet but baby steps! LOL! I hope that he begins to see that I will not let the ball be "active" unless he brings it to me. Like I said he was only coming 60% but now it's like 75% or 80%.