My dog won't fetch...HELP!
Posted 24 March 2012 - 06:28 AM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:30 AM
What worked for me was that I worked on the "come" command at home for about a week before we went to the park. Then when the dog wouldn't bring the ball back, we'd just say "Dog name, Come!" and she'd come running.
If your dog is a pure bred lab, she'll start retrieving soon. The instinct to retrieve is strong in these dogs.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:08 PM
Don't fret. This is VERY common. Bailey is playing, remember. I have owned and trained some seven labs. I have a five month old now and she does the same thing. The MAIN thing that is critical for retrieving is if they run and grab the dummy, ball, etc. If they show no interest running after it, then you are in trouble. Fortunately, BaileyMae is fetching and doing the same thing all my labs have done....grab it and run circles around you showing off! She is so proud of what she brought you but she still wants to play. So, here's is how you play back....
When she comes back to you running BEFORE the circling about five feet from you, start jogging away from her saying COME, COME. She will continue to chase you getting closer. As she gets closer and you are still jogging, say GIVE, GIVE and grab the ball or dummy from her mouth at the same time. Take some coordination but she will be very close to you. Might have to pry a bit. It works and I have used this technique taught by Richard Walters, author of Water Dog, for years. Bailey is just playing so play back.
Let me know how you do.
Larry from Dallas
Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:17 PM
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