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    Hi guys and girls,

    I've got a 5 year old Kelpie who is very well trained. She sits, lays down, rolls over, hi-5 with both paws, never walks on a lead, and will sit and wait for me for hours on end without being tied up or ever moving a muscle.

    There is of course one problem which I just don't know how to fix...
    Every time we play fetch she chases the ball like a mad woman, then takes it to anyone else that's around in the park. Other dog owners, people picnicking, etc. She drops it at their feet, lies down, stares at them and barks incessantly until they throw it.

    She never brings it back to me. Even if we try it alone at night when there is absolutely nobody around, she'll drop it five metres from me and bark like a nut. She refuses to do anything but bark when this happens. She won't come even if I have treats. The only way for me to stop her is to walk to her and take the ball.

    Please help.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Simon.

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    What would happen if when she drops it & barks at a distance you where to turn your back on her & ignore her? That would be the first thing I'd try.

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    Yeah I've tried that.
    She kinda stops barking and just whines and whimpers.

    It helps but still doesn't get her to bring it to me.

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    How about teaching her using a long line? Start with very small retrieves, and you can 'reel' her in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    How about teaching her using a long line? Start with very small retrieves, and you can 'reel' her in...
    And swap ball for treat.......
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    Yeah I might have to try that.
    Just have to work out how to reel her in without it becoming a tug-of-war.

    Thanks

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    I'd also go around the park and introduce her to everyone else there and tell them they're not to throw the ball for her if she barks (or at all if you want her to bring it back to you).

    Clearly she's getting something good out of taking it round and barking at people. Barking all by itself is fun. So I'm not sure about the never on lead bit. I'd be putting her on lead for that.

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    First attempt went pretty well.

    When she plays she gets very sticky eyed on the toy and won't even take the treat. So that's out.

    Reeling her in on a long lead seems to work pretty well so far. I had to pull her in with a bit of muscle at first but then she started getting closer and closer before I had to pull. Heaps of praise when she got all the way back to me.

    I took the lead off after about 15 minutes of this and she went straight back into the barking trick. I walked up to her, grabbed the ball and put it away. End of play time.

    I'll try a bit more this afternoon too.

    Simon

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    Ah yes - the toy and the throw is the reward, so if she doesn't bring it back, go get it and put it away. It might take a while but she will get it. If you want more repetitions of the lesson - wait at least five minutes before trying again.

    And initially I'd try very short throws so you can get more repeats in if she does bring it back, or at least not take it away.

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    Hmmmm....

    I think my dog is just being a bitch!

    She totally understands what I'm trying to do and why I take it away when she barks. But now while training her on the long lead she just gets the ball walks in a big circle coming towards me then just hits the deck a few metres away with the ball.

    She refuses to budge, I literally have to try and drag her entire body weight by her collar toward me but she wont move.

    Is it possible that she actually has some kind of "issue" with me throwing the ball?

    Any person on the street could walk up to her, throw a ball 50 metres and she'll bring it back to their feet every single time. But my girlfriend and I can't get her to do it with us, it just doesn't make sense.

    I'm really struggling with this. Are there any other things I could try?

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