Sydneys mom Posted February 19, 2015 Report Share Posted February 19, 2015 Sydney will be exactly 1 year old on the 28th, he is a wonderful dog who is eager to please. He is not very motivated by treats but rather enjoys playing; ball and tug are his favorite activities. I am not an experienced trainer, we are learning together as we go. He does pretty well with basic commands our main problem has to do with fetch. Sydney and I walk a few miles every morning during which we play alot of ball. I have a "chuckit" ball thrower and Sydney is totally obsessed with the game. The problem centers around his returning the ball. He knows he needs to bring it to me so I can throw it again, but he will not bring it all the way to me. It is as if there is a 15 ft invisible barrier all around me, he will not cross the line. He brings the ball to within just about 15 ft of me and sets it down. No matter how much coaxing I do, he will not bring it all the way. When I coax him he will pick the ball up, take one or two more steps and drop it again. Eventually he gets frustrated and will not look at me anymore (la la la la la!), but looks at the sky, the birds, the ground - anything but me, effectively cutting off communication. I know this doesn't sound like much of a problem, but it has me (actually both of us) totally frustrated and is making the game less enjoyable for both of us. The game is important for us because this is really where he gets a huge amount of his daily exercise. Any advice on how to get him to bring the ball all the way to my feet? Any help is greatly appreciated! Teresa Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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