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    Hi my pup is about 3 months old and she will fetch then run away with the ball or she will come back and want to play tug of war (she absolutely love tug of war). However
    I don't really like to play that with her. I need some help to get her interested into playing fetch. Also, she will fetch correctly with real meat. Any tips?

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    Funny you should post this now because I gave up trying to teach my dog but noticed just this week that she has started doing without prompting now she's 3!

    One thing that worked for a while for us was to softly clap my hands once she'd caught the ball to encourage her to come to me. But if they're the kind of dog that sees any attempt to take anything off them as a tug of war opportunity, you need to teach 'drop' as a separate step by offering a reward for dropping the object.

    Tug of war is a really good game to play with dogs. I admit to not liking it either but it's partly because I have bad arthritis and am worried about getting hurt. But it is a great way of bonding with your dog, teaching them self control (you need to teach them to let go on command) and especially good to use as a reward for obeying cues. I was once told by an RSPCA trainer to use tug of war as a reward for recall with a dog that was a fanatic wildlife chaser. Tug imitates the excitement of the hunt apparently.

    What do you mean by "she will fetch correctly with real meat"? Do you mean when you give meat as a reward? If so, you're on the right track and just need to LOTS of repetitions before you start phasing out the reward.

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    None of mine like playing it. Not interested in a ball so that is fine with me.

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    'Jdogz11' - The reason your dog won’t play fetch properly or how you want your dog to do it – is that you have to teach them to do this !

    Some links for you:

    teach fetch - YouTube

    kikopup - YouTube

    As your pup is only 3 months old - I would be taking great care in teaching something like this. You can do a lot of damage to a pup structurally - teaching something like this that is very repetitious - particularly at this age. Full on ball fetching is something I would do later on - particularly after 12 months old - at least !

    Not saying - don't do any training with your pup - but there would be heaps of other things I would be training and concentrating on with a pup at this age !

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    Hi my pup is about 3 months old and she will fetch then run away with the ball or she will come back and want to play tug of war (she absolutely love tug of war).
    Running away with the ball (or toy) - victory laps. Not so good.

    Running back with the ball or toy for a game of tug is what every dog sport trainer wants.

    Why don't you want to play tug with your dog? You could use a game of tug as a reward for bringing back the ball or toy. It's important to train a good "give" and "geddit" to go with that. And don't play tug in the dusk or half light or dark. The chance of the dog missing the tug and getting you is too high.

    But if you don't want to play tug by way of reward - you can trade the ball for food. Play the game before dinner when your dog is hungry. Once the ball is coming back reliably for the food reward - add a word like "fetch" before you throw the ball... and start being more random and set higher criteria (less victory lap and more for direct return) before handing over food - ie once the task is understood, only hand food over for the best performances.

    PS one dog I had never fetched. The next one was brilliant at it immediately - in fact she'd put the ball in your lap if you said "can't reach". No training required. And the one I have now - is 5yo and still thinks fetch is optional.

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    One of mine DID like fetch for a while but only when a cat of ours streaked out of nowhere to crash tackle around her neck on the way to or back with the ball. When the cat stopped doing this Jodi didn't care anymore, lol the fun had gone out of it.

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    Maggie learned by hanging about with a fanatical ball fetcher. Over a few weeks she wondered what all the excitement was and gradually joined in when a ball was thrown for her. Along the way the other dog taught her never to touch another dogs ball ( VERY grumpy if she tried) .

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