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    My dog won't fetch. Has no interest what so ever in a ball. Is there a way of encouraging her to want to play fetch? She won't even pick the ball up or put it in her mouth.

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    Wow, I thought that this was an isolated thing.
    Though I have read a few posts here with the same problem.
    I on the other hand have no worries with that, but this isn't helping you.

    Maybe smother something so it taste's likes what your dog likes the taste of.
    Then have your dog on a lead, and let it smell it and a little taste or lick of it.
    Walk backwards while holding this whatever it is, in your hand, walk backwards so your dog has to follow you and this tastey treat.

    This is all I can say to do, other than that I have no idea on what could help.

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    One of my dogs fetch's, the other has no interest what so ever! I think she thinks other things are more important :P

    I don't think there is really anything you can do to change it, except maybe try the smothering idea!

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    How to teach any dog to FETCH! - YouTube I'm sorry, I keep posting these vids! But I actually made a start at doing this with my dog and it was pretty easy. It does require you to give treats for fetching for a while, but you can phase them out once your dog gets the message.

    I'm only doing it because my daughter wants to play with the dog and this is something they could easily do together and a good way for them to bond and enforce the pecking order. And I suppose also because it will get the dog running if there are no dogs to play with on our walk.

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    Harley loves fetching but lily has never really show interest until recently. I think her curiosity got the better of her sensibleness (prob not a word) she started chasing him chase the ball but would always come back after running half the way but then she started racing him for it and snatching it from him, she hasn't grasped the idea of bringing it back but were trying.

    Try a different possibly squeaky ball that ur dog doesn't have access to all the time. I think the old tennis ball in the back yard looses it's fun when it belongs to them already

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    I just bought some Mambo balls from BigW for my dog. They're the same as the Spalding Hi-bounce balls: Spalding Hi Bounce Balls Faces - Various Designs Slightly smaller and lighter than a tennis ball. My dog definitely shows more interest in these than in tennis balls.

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    If i was to pick up a ball and throw it for my ridgeback he would just sit there looking at me with a look of "you threw it there, you get the bloody thing !".

    But every time i mowed the lawn he would drop the ball on exactly the next run across the lawn so i would have to stop and kick it out of the road. He'd chase it and bring it back to drop it exactly on the next run again. This would go on till i finished the whole lawn. I dont know why but it was the only time he would ever fetch as such.

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    Your ridgeback obviously thought that you needed instruction on how to mow the lawn. Because humans are so thick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Your ridgeback obviously thought that you needed instruction on how to mow the lawn. Because humans are so thick!
    Ha, ha. Your probably right. He was a cheeky bugger !

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    Nero brings the ball back but with his drooling issues no one actually wants it

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