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Old 07-30-2012, 11:40 PM
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No. Because I still need to teach Sam how to play fetch. We started but he gets bored so quickly. He much prefers tug or almost hit the human when you have zoomies.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:43 PM
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I had to teach them to stop fetching.

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Old 07-31-2012, 07:53 AM
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I've tried teaching Todd and Lucy (and Maddy) but failed. Katy just knew how to do it naturally.

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Old 07-31-2012, 08:37 AM
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Cohen wasn't big for retrieving when she was a pup. Then I taught her an informal retrieve to hand via targeting and then a formal one via shaping. Now she'll happily retrieve anything from balls to mats to bottle caps.

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Old 07-31-2012, 08:59 AM
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No, he chased and brought it back from day one. He also figured out to drop it at our feet or in our hands without much help and if we don't pick it up he knows it's not close enough to us. Most of the time he will only bring it back a few times before playing by himself and getting zoomies but I'm fine with that, obviously he finds it more fun and that's the point. Usually when he's done playing by himself he'll bring it back a few more times for more fetch.

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Old 07-31-2012, 09:57 AM
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I had and have to teach Traveler to bring the toy all the way back for me.

He always loved the chase but he seems to dislike holding toys in his mouth so he would chase, grab it and then drop it and run back to me.

Currently he'll bring it in my vicinity. I had fight tooth and nail to just get him to bring it to shore when we play in water but finally he gets that. On land and with a tennis ball he's pretty good but that was hard.

I'm bad and haven't sat and waiting him out to bring it closer though.

Didgie has no retrieve at all, she's all about the chase. I need to work on that.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:40 PM
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I had and have to teach Traveler to bring the toy all the way back for me.

He always loved the chase but he seems to dislike holding toys in his mouth so he would chase, grab it and then drop it and run back to me.
Ha! That sounds like Sienna. She loves to chase, and pounce on the toy, but it's 50/50 whether it ends up in her mouth. Sometimes she tries to pick it up, but she won't slow down enough - so she's biting at it as she races by. It's kind of hilarious.

Occasionally if I tell her "did you forget something?" she will go back out and pick it up (or give a repeat performance of NOT picking it up.) The running is definitely the most important thing to her.

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Old 07-31-2012, 08:49 PM
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No, haha, where's the button to push to make them STOP fetching?

Seriously though, I've reinforced a fetch with praise to let him know he's doing the right thing, but otherwise it's 100% natural.

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Old 07-31-2012, 08:53 PM
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I remember when I first got Mia she brought her toy up on the bed when I was trying to go to sleep. I got annoyed and threw it away. She sprang off and brought it right back up to me. It took a few tries before I learned my lesson.

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Old 08-01-2012, 11:53 AM
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Bean's actual my first natural retriever, which is hilarious given how much ball drive Steve has. But while he had the chase/grab gene when he came, I had to actually teach the return half of fetching.
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