Camden's Mom Posted January 16, 2014 Report Share Posted January 16, 2014 My dog is a bit ball obsessed but we’ve been making an effort to break this behavior. On nights when we have the patience, after a game of ball, we’ll say “that’ll do” and ignore any of his pleas to have us throw it again. On nights when we don’t have the patience to deal with the pestering we put the ball away after our game. I’m on the fence about just putting it away all the time, as he tends to be restless when it’s out and doesn’t settle down as well. On the other hand I want him to be able to be in the presence of a ball and not be a weirdo about it. Thought on this would be appreciated. The second part of my ball question is about during play. He will *often* not want to give us the ball or he’ll drop it and then “race us” for it as we reach out to take it. I do not like these behaviors at all, especially the latter. I will now only pick the ball up off the ground if he’s backed off it a few feet, which has worked well. The “give it” is really messy, though. He brings the ball right over to us as if he wants us to have it but when we ask him to “give it” he just won’t let it go. He’ll lean it into us, shove it in our faces, push it into our hands… but the jaws never loosen their grip. What the $@&!? He is pretty darn good at “give it” unless it’s a ball. He’s decent with giving a ball if I have some treats to trade, but that’s starting to feel like bribery. More often then I’d like to admit we’re having “give it” standoffs with the ball because I expect him to follow through on the asked behavior. It’s starting to not feel fun at all… more like a test of wills then a relaxing evening playing a game of ball with my dog. I’m just not sure what to do. Do I go back to the drawing board on training or adjust the game for this quirky behavior? Is this fairly normal or completely unacceptable behavior? I’m at a bit of a loss here… Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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