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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. I have had this posted under dog training but with no replies so I am hoping to get a response as I have no ideas on what to do here. Thanks

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    Being honest I would have to say, is there anything that you could dip the ball into so it has got a flavour on it.
    I am unsure if this would work but it is worth giving it a go.
    You could try putting vegimite on it or peanut paste (Sorry it is now called Peanut Butter). But smear it all over the ball.
    Just try something that your dog does like and see if it works.

    I have Murphy and he is a Cattle Dog so he is very movement orinetated so I don't have this problem.

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    I have 3 blue heelers and all of them look at me as if to say you want me to do what?
    Pass, we will just chase each other.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    I have 3 blue heelers and all of them look at me as if to say you want me to do what?
    Pass, we will just chase each other.
    That would be the first Heeler that I have heard of not wanting to chase balls.
    Goes to show you that they all ain't the same.

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    With Ruby it depends on her mood. There are days where we play soccer with her, fetch etc Then there are days when you throw a ball and she looks at you like you are asking for a miracle.

    Some pups just dont fetch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rid**** View Post
    That would be the first Heeler that I have heard of not wanting to chase balls.
    Goes to show you that they all ain't the same.
    Could be very different if each was a lone dog.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    That could be so right to.
    Though a dog (s) that doesn't chase a ball could be the smart one.

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    Sasha is the same, not clue what i am asking of her or why.

    She is not interested, so I leave it at that. I do things and play games that interest her. I am not about to force something on her that she doesn't enjoy, what's the point?

    Is there really a NEED to play fetch with your dog or do you think she is 'abnormal' if she doesn't? All dogs are into different things. Just find something she enjoys.

    Maybe she doesn't have the 'chase' drive in her, maybe she likes tug???? Anyways just try out different things and find something you both wil enjoy.

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    Try something other than a ball. I have several fetch fanatics here, drives me nuts sometimes.

    But even my biggest fanatic has preferences; his favourite is an AFL shaped ball that has a rope thru the middle, next he loves his frisbee then as a last resort when I've removed those he'll pick up a tennis ball.

    He first started out with a squeak toy, which he loved to kill, I put him on a lead and reeled him back in and rewarded him with a treat when he gave it up. He was on a six foot lead so I wasn't throwing it very far.

    Some dogs just don't like playing fetch, even some assistance dogs need to be taught a forced retrieve to carry out their job.

    My first CDX dog wasn't a natural retriever but I got lots of help from my local obedience club on different methods to try.

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    Our Rescue newfie did not retrieve..........I did "shaping" with her to get her to retrieve. because we need our dogs to retrieve for water rescue Training and for her Open Obedience Trials. She is great now.

    It is the click and treat method. Initially you treat for looking, then moving to it, then touching it, each improved touch is click/reward and eventually the pickup (jackpot). To eventually the dog brings it to you.

    She also loves the games of fetch now and loves water retrieves and brining it right into my hand.

    There are heaps of youtube videos on how to.....Kikkopup has a few and just many more, good luck
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