GoodbyeHalcyonDays Posted February 13, 2013 Report Share Posted February 13, 2013 Hey shepherds, I was a bit hesitant in asking this as it seemed quite trivial in comparison to a lot of other threads here, but I'm not really sure what else to do other than getting professional help at this point. My BC Caleb is really good most of the time and is eager to please, but when we're outside, he doesn't quite listen as well as he does inside, but it's particularly difficult when we're playing fetch. Inside, if I ask him to drop it, he'll drop whatever it is he has in his mouth, but while playing fetch outside, he'll hold onto it (quite firmly), will even avoid my hand if I reach for the ball/whatever is in his mouth. He would never snap or bite me, but it's quite frustrating that I need to wrestle it out of his mouth while holding his collar in place. He thinks we're playing tug or something. I've tried luring him by offering a treat in return (cheese, his favorite), but he pretty much wouldn't drop it unless he sees/smells the cheese. He's trained using the clicker, and I can often phase out the treat and he'll still do what I ask indoors, but he won't budge with this. I've tried clicking and treating for him dropping it on his own, but it happens maybe once a week. I've also tried waiting him out when he refuses to drop it-- turning my back on him and completely ignoring him, but this took about 20 minutes before he dropped it on his own, and I think that was only because he saw some other dog in the park. I've tried being firm about it, and I've tried taking the fun away when he won't listen, but I'm out of ideas on how to get him to drop it gently on his own. On an unrelated question, I recently bought a undercoat rake (the Oster knock-off), and was curious as to how often I would be able to use it. Caleb has very fine and silky hair, but a bit on the thick side. It helped immensely the first time, but it doesn't seem like a every day or even every week brush according to what I've read about it. Thanks in advance for all your help. I apologize again for such a trivial topic. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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