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    I started getting Bo into some fetch last night, went very well I planned on only playing about 4 turns so he didn't get over it and on the 4th he dropped the ball and pissed on it. Guess that's one way to end the game.

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    LMAO Simonr.
    stopped you picking it up im sure!
    This morning, Brian played with my GSD 'get the ball off me'. Using a football.
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    lol

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    I'm going to admit, I haven't read everyone's replies. I will read them when I have a moment so apologies if I write anything someone has already mentioned.

    Ball obsession is unhealthy. My cousin has two ball obsessed dogs we are currently minding while they are away for 5 weeks. From day one we implemented a ball ban. The cavoodle (not a working breed) is obsessed to the point where he will whine and pant and focus too much on the ball. It takes him a long time to settle again afterwards. We are reducing the time but its not good. Our boy is becoming ball obsessed since participating in fetch with other dogs. I believe it is the competition that creates the desire which in turn creates the obsession. We have taught our boy to perform obedience tasks before we throw the ball as a reward to aid in preventing the obsession.

    The cavoodle is learning obedience and manners and walking to heel with us, which he does not know currently. We are also working on recall to help focus him over playing with balls.

    I think that a recall is more important than creating a ball obsessed dog. When a dog is running out of obsession, they are running on adrenalin due to increased cortisol levels. It's not healthy. Proof the recall. That way if your dog is heading to mischief you can call it back and put it on lead.

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    I agree with the pawfectionist...

    Ball obsession can be bad for a number of reasons. I'd mostly just like my dog to fetch the whatever I throw by way of using it to reward in position and then have her bring it for reward with tug or food or something.

    Just fetching the ball with no other task required (you're giving the dog free stuff), can be bad. And some dogs injure themselves in the process of stopping to pick up the ball - ie they run flat out, over shoot the ball and then bust every joint or face plant (worse), turning to get back to the ball.

    Getting the dog to do some trick before you will throw the ball - and first trick is to face the direction you plan to throw the ball - so the dog won't injure itself with the sudden turn when you throw the ball behind it... is good. It will transfer some of the joyful obsession to the trick... so you will have a dog obsessed with sitting pretty, or chin taps, or tail worky, or talking (oops)...
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 08-11-2013 at 08:47 PM. Reason: what I meant wasn't what I typeod.

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    agree, obsessions are generally unhealthy in any species, most notably humans.

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    must

    resist

    urge


    to colour match pegs when hanging out the washing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    must

    resist

    urge


    to colour match pegs when hanging out the washing...
    Can't.

    My pegs are always matched

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    pegs???

    you don't just throw everything over the top wire of the fence?

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    Actually you've found me out, I do just throw stuff over the verandah rails. The pegs did my head in...

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    well as a proffesional bachelor i learned that if you want to get all fancy hang yr wet clothes up on a coat hanger and you don't have to iron them, only for special occasions of course.

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