So in the 6 months I've had Banjo, I hadn't bothered yet to teach her to fetch. I'll only throw the ball when we're out walking and throw it in the direction I'm walking in. Banjo will catch it and instantly drop it and I will pick it up when I get to it.
I once started teaching her - based on advice from a training video - but it was pretty boring and I quickly gave up.
But I thought today that I would give it another go as it would be great to be able to play a game of fetch in the backyard when I can't take her for a second walk. And a quick google found me this article: Teaching Your Dog to Fetch, Dog Training Tips at Patricia McConnell
I made the mistake of calling Banjo's name or saying "come or come on" and had her drop the ball immediately. The softly clapping whilst walking backwards worked a treat today! Best tip ever, I thought. The advice to not waste time fussing over the dog but instead immediately throw the ball again was useful to me too.
So we had a very successful fetch session for the first time ever. Banjo got fed up after about 5 or 6 times, which is a good thing.