Angie H Posted September 2, 2008 Report Share Posted September 2, 2008 Binx loves to play ball, and has a natural retrieve, but he also has this thing...only when we're outside though...where he brings the ball back just out of my reach and lies down with it. I will repeat, "Binx, bring it"...sometimes he'll come a little closer, sometimes he'll pick up the ball and drop it again, but will not bring it to my feet unless I hold out for several seconds which feels like several minutes. If I am sitting down, he will bring it 95% of the time, if I am up on the porch sitting down, he will bring it 100% of the time, if I am inside he will bring it 100% of the time. There is never a fight for the ball...he does not play keep away with it...just lies down with it and wants you to come and get it. He does it within 2 or 3 throws...he is not hot or tired. There are several indications that he is simply trying to create his own rules... 1) He brings it all the way back sometimes, and when he doesn't and I quit, he runs over to me with the ball! - what a booger! 2) When inside, he brings it all the way each time; however, last night I had him dropping it in my lap and on the sixth or so toss he began to dribble it at my feet and would look up at me as if to say, "come on, all you have to do is grab it". Again, if I ignore him, he will cave in and put it in my lap. I have been playing the "ignore him until he brings it to me" game for quite some time; we don't seem to be making much progress and I have become impatient!! Last night I tried using hotdogs and a clicker to reward for each time he brought it all the way in...he was still hesitating each time - even with the hot dog lying on the ground when he returned! Has anyone worked through this type of thing? Should I start as if he were brand new to the game? Maybe put a long line on him for every game and reel him in?? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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