Playing fetch

by Pam
(Minnesota)

We have a rescue JR (young adult) that needs exercise. Our yard is fenced with split rail, so we have to keep her on a leash as she takes off at a dead run and is so focused on squirrels that she doesn't hear us call. I walk her daily because I know she needs the exercise. I would love to play fetch with her in the house, as we have a long expanse where she can run. My problem is that she won't give the ball back to be thrown again. She cries and begs me to throw it, but I can't get it away from her. Ideas? Thanks!

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Feb 01, 2015
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Playtime NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you!

Jan 06, 2015
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Jack won't drop ball NEW
by: Brad

If your Jack loves to chase and pick up the fetch toy but isn’t keen on bringing it back to you, try the bait-and-switch game with two identical toys. Show your dog one of the toys. Get him excited, throw it, and encourage him to fetch it. When he picks it up, call him, then show him the other toy, and act as though you’re going to throw it in the opposite direction. He’ll probably drop the first toy and come running to chase after the second one. While he’s chasing that one, go pick up the first toy and repeat the sequence. This exercise will get your dog used to picking up a toy and turning to run back to you. Here’s the next step: Call him when he’s picked up the first toy, but don’t show him the second one right away. Hopefully, he’ll turn and run back to you while still holding the first toy in his mouth. When he gets close to you, say "Drop it." Then show him the second toy. He’ll drop the first toy in order to chase after the second one. Now you won’t have to walk so far to pick up the toy he drops. This game will be easy for your dog to learn and can really tire him out. Eventually, your dog will probably figure out that he should spit out the ball he has when you say "Drop it." At that point, you can try just picking up the ball he’s dropped at throwing that. This final step will eliminate the need for a second ball.

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