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    Default How to Learn the 'Fetch" Game?

    Zed is ball crazy. He would galdly play it 24 hours a day and not get bored.

    At first, he would race off and get it, bring it back and run straight past us. He'd sit down further up the yard and expect us to come to him and wrestle it out of his mouth!

    Not likely, boy.

    So now he is bringing the ball straight back to me every time. I'm then getting him to sit immediately, and am trying to teach him the command to 'leave it.' Don't want to use the command 'drop', or 'drop it' as when I did he does as he's told and drops immediately to the ground - with the darned ball still firmly entrenched between his teeth.

    I have not had much luck enticing him to 'leave it' by using treats, as he's sooo ball obsessed he doesn't even batt an eye at the treat, no matter how yummy it may be.
    So, I have started to use a 2nd ball which I whip out from behind me to entice him to drop the first one. On the occasions he drops the 1st ball, i say 'leave it' give him lots of praise, and throw the 2nd ball.

    Am I doing this right, or what?

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    Don't know but I need this advise too! Ziggy will drop the ball or toy, but won't stay away while you try to pick it up.

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    Sorry, I haven't really got any advice but just wanted to say I have got the opposite problem with Jenna. She is so food obsessed she knows a treat is coming and drops the ball half way back and just comes to get the treat ! Needless to say, she doesn't get it!!

    Also we use the command 'Give' for her to drop the ball, as 'leave it' we use for things Jenna shouldn't touch at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinaG View Post
    Don't know but I need this advise too! Ziggy will drop the ball or toy, but won't stay away while you try to pick it up.
    Ouch.

    Laughing at Jenna! Wish my boy was that food-orientated. I think I'm doing it right, but not sure?
    TKay, have you tried hiding the treat until she actually reaches you?

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    This is what I did for Roly when he used to play.

    When the ball was in his mouth, i would hold it and slightly pull it out of his mouth saying 'give' in a firm voice. Once he had mastered letting the ball go as soon as I held it, I moved onto touching the ball. Making sure he knew it had been touched, still using the command 'give'. From there, I could move my hand near his mouth and he'd dop it into my hand and from their he could drop it straight to the ground.

    It seems like a long process, but it was actually quite quick. For Roles, it took about 2 weeks(but he isn't the brightest spark), GSD's are pretty intelligent(as you would know), I reckon he could learn it in a week.

    Anyway, thats me, it might be different for other dogs.
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    Thanks Aussiemyf.

    I did try that at first. But he wouldn't let go, and seemed to think we were commencing a tug of war game, (doh) which I'm not going to play with him at this stage.

    However, we have got to know each other further since I tried that, so it could be worth attempting it again.

    I find with saying 'leave it' it works sometimes, but then other times he looks at me like I'm a wacko and he's got no ruddy idea what I want him to do. Groan...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Thanks Aussiemyf.

    I did try that at first. But he wouldn't let go, and seemed to think we were commencing a tug of war game, (doh) which I'm not going to play with him at this stage.

    However, we have got to know each other further since I tried that, so it could be worth attempting it again.

    I find with saying 'leave it' it works sometimes, but then other times he looks at me like I'm a wacko and he's got no ruddy idea what I want him to do. Groan...
    Yeah Roly assumed tug or war at first, but it was a lot easier since he is only 7 kg and he's as high as half way up my shin

    I just did a quick search for you
    Training Your Dog to Drop It and Leave It. Original Version
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    Hey thanks!

    Just checked that out, and will print it. VERY helpful, as it really teaches that command for everything.

    Do you think it might even work if he ever gets a cat 'stuck' in his mouth? Lol.

    Will try it, and thanks again.

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    Lets hope!
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