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Old 08-01-2012, 11:02 AM
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Auggie is one of those who likes to bring it 95% of the way, then stop and drop the ball and smile at me. I tell him "I can't reach it" and he'll pick it up, take a step forward, and drop it again. "I can't reach it." One more step.
Stupid dog.

Payton will sometimes bring it back and sometimes will go run laps like a doofus because he's a doofus.

Georgie isn't much for fetching balls but the other day I was working with the amphibious bumper and she kept bring it back over and over and over. SO GOOD. The only times she wouldn't bring it back was when she would pick it up a bit awkward and keep tripping over it, and she'd get frustrated and leave it laying on the ground LOL. Like "FINE be that way! *runs away*" The bumper is like half her size LOL so I don't blame her. I bought her a bumper of her own so she can still fetch one after I move out.

It's a miracle if I can get Pepper to play with toys at all really. She likes one tennis ball in particular and a stuffie or two. The tennis ball she brings back sorta-kinda. I don't push it with her just because I'm glad she's playing at all.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:04 AM
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I guess inadvertently I trained mine to fetch by rewarding them when they walked near me with the toy, but ALL of mine came with a pretty strong desire to chase something that was thrown.
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:00 PM
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Riley preferred to play "keep away" as a puppy so, yes we trained retrieve. It was part of our obedience class training anyways, although we still haven't gotten to the formal sit and hold in front of me part. After he matured a bit he started to figure it out and played ball quite well after that. Aura used to just chase Riley, until she realized her love of the ball and now she is obsessed with ball and fetch.
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:02 PM
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No, Dixie has always loved to fetch things since a puppy. We play fetch every day, she loves it! Buster and Rudy are not into fetching.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:35 AM
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Oh yeah, Who didn't have an ounce of retrieve in her, she might chase a toy, might have picked it up but not often. But she really had no interest in balls or toys. Her attitude was very much, 'well, you threw it away, you go get it'.
I free shaped it, now she loves to play and will retrieve just about anything, either thrown or placed and then released to it. So far she will retrieve a large flashlight, keys, a roll of tin foil, a lighter and my smokes (lmao) kleenx and/or kleenx box, all toys/balls/tugs, shoes, hats, my purse, sunglasses, a novel, a glass mug and my coffee mug etc. In short if she can pick it up she will, bring it back at speed and to hand.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:28 AM
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Dance is a natural retriever. I encouraged and rewarded her so that she would bring things right to me, but she naturally wanted to. I had to shape and train Ripley's retrieve. And Keira doesn't retrieve and lacks toy drive period. I had her retrieving sort of for a while but gave up. It is just not her thing.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:06 AM
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I taught my aussie how to fetch a frisbee watching a youtube video.It took awhile though but now shes neorotic about the frisbee.
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