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    My cousin has a ball obsessed dog. He stayed with us for 5 weeks. It wasn't long enough to work on and resolve his issue but we were going through the following process:

    We removed the ball from his life entirely because it was causing a great deal of stress. I mean excited stress that you are talking about not anxiety or fear stress. Eg heavy shallow panting, whining, pacing, barking, jumping, dilated pupils.
    We then began working on his obedience - heeling was a main focus point.
    Once he was able to do this, we were introducing the ball but not using it. We need to change the thought process when the ball is presented. Like you would for a dog that gets excited over seeing a lead (lead means going for a walk = jump around like a lunatic).
    Once you change the thought process about the ball, you can then consider using it as a reward for certain tasks, like obedience or learning new skills.

    As soon as his mind changes back to stress you need to put the ball away and go back a few steps. Teach the dog how to play and enjoy a ball while relaxed. Playing with such intensity with adrenalin running through the body is just as unhealthy as fear related stress and anxiety.

    I hope that made sense...
    Last edited by The Pawfectionist; 02-15-2014 at 08:16 PM.

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    Playing with such intensity with adrenalin running through the body is just as unhealthy as fear related stress and anxiety.

    I hope that made sense...[/QUOTE

    Bollox, ask any dog trained in drive.

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    Bernie, there is a difference between drive and excited stress behaviours. Their responses are different and their mindset is different. I stand by my comment.

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    WE have just done a week with no ball as Mags pulled up sore in one paw. We decided to rest it. We have now concluded that our beach walks will only include the ball half the time as she is so much more sociable and we get to enjoy it. She is getting quicker at coming down from drive as well. So I guess it is individual as to what we put up with? We have had a wake up as to who was running our walks..lol

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    I tried a walk without a ball on the beach the other day but it was really no fun. Nero was sulking the whole walk until... he had the chance to steal the ball of another dog, which I handed back to the original owner. So he stole another one. And another... I ended up walking with a group of women and their dogs who had a ball to play. Maybe I've got a hopeless case after all...
    Last edited by margoo; 02-22-2014 at 08:46 PM.

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    We're not at the point where Scottie creates welts but he's the most ball driven dog I've ever met.

    We have a few rules.

    No tennis ball in the house. (We totally ignore any attempts to play in the house after he cut his eye running into some furniture)
    He walks to the park on his lead and doesn't get to play until he sits and I release him
    He gets run until he's tired
    The ball gets put away
    *He's made to sit
    *Put on leash
    *shown the "no more" signal
    *corrected appropriately if he doesn't behave on lead. (bought to heal, asked to sit... etc)

    For us, when the ball is away we focus on the good behaviour expected normally ... does that make sense?

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