Report need some ideas on teaching puppy to retrieve (not border collie) in Obedience, Agility, and Flyball Posted January 9, 2013 You are probably right, I am an impatient trainer, especially with a dog that normally seems to pick new behaviors up very quickly. If I want to back chain that behavior I am going to have to take baby steps (ugh, makes me cringe thinking about it lol). If you're wanting to teach a back chained retrieve then I think you're moving too fast. Play fetch and have fun with it, but I would keep the returning to hand portion reserved for actual training sessions until he's 99% of the way to understanding "put ball from floor to hand". Once he understands the behaviour you can reintroduce it into play. It's not uncommon for a dog to lose interest in play once the food comes out, so don't try to merge the two while a new behaviour is still being taught/refined.