A Conversation for Dogs
Cheerful Dragon Started conversation Jul 17, 2000
Some years ago, Richard and I were waiting near Oban to catch a ferry to South Uist. While we waited we watched a family playing 'fetch' with their dog. They threw the ball and the dog ran and picked it up. The dog then stood and looked at them with the ball in its mouth as if to say, 'OK, now what?' The family called the dog back to them, at which point the dog dropped the ball and ran back. Richard and I laughed. Well, they didn't say, 'Come here and bring the ball with you!'
Gedge :-) Posted Jul 17, 2000
My dog does exactly that, she point blank refuses to bring anything back. You throw a stick for her then she expects you to chase her around the park trying to get it back, amusing for everybody expect me.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Jul 17, 2000
Don't chase her. I know you've probably been told this before, but by chasing her you're making her think that it's part of the game. If she won't come when called, try obedience classes so that she will. Alternatively, if you're in a park or other open space, try 'ignoring' her. Keep an eye on her surreptitiously so that she doesn't go and do something naughty, but don't chase after her to get the stick / ball / whatever
Metal Chicken Posted Jul 17, 2000
If she's looking at you playfully, mouth full of retrieved item and waiting for you to lunge forward and try to grab it from her, try to distract her instead by throwing something else to catch. She then has to drop the original item to catch the new one. Even chucking handfuls of grass in the air nearby works on several canine friends of mine. It doesn't work for all dogs though, some of them are clever enough to catch a second item without losing the first.
Gedge :-) Posted Jul 18, 2000
As for her not fetching, I've come to accept that it's just not a game she enjoys, after all not every human likes football or baseball. She knows when to drop an item she shouldn't have and as long she does that I'm happy. I've taken her dogs to obedience classes and she is fine, she'll be the first dog to pick up any new trick but then ask her to do it again and she'll look at you think "but I've just done that why should I do it again?" As long as she is overall a well-behaved dog then I've got no problem.
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