medic09 Posted March 22, 2015 Report Share Posted March 22, 2015 I never got myself into this problem before. Not sure how to fix it. It may seem a bit silly, but some of you may see this as an interesting training problem. Golan is nearly two. Shortly after I got him, I was ill and largely housebound for most of a year. During that time I could barely get out with him into the back yard on some days. We (he, really) came up with a game. I would kick his ball (one of those big Chuckit balls with the grooves for a dog's teeth to grasp) and he would run down the yard to get it. He would then take a ball to another spot, place it, look at me, and return to a spot in the yard where he could watch the all the next moves. I would have to walk down to the ball, kick it in the other direction. He would chase it down, and repeat the above. I let him shape the game this way, without bringing the ball to me, because it benefitted me; forcing me to move and get at least some small amount of exercise. Did you know your loyal BC can be a physical therapist? Okay, so now, thank God, I am back to at least walking him for longer times out in the woods and the arroyos. But he thinks that a game of 'ball' means I send the ball some distance (have now a Chuckit handle and tennis ball), he chases it, finds it, moves it a bit - and waits for me to catch up, find the ball, and toss it again. This doesn't work so well out in a big, unbound space. So challenge #1 is to unteach the game we've played till now. Challenge #1a is, I can't seem to use treats. I was going to teach him in the house to simply give me the ball. Offer it to him. When he takes it, place my hand and wait for him to drop it, rewarding with treats. It always worked with my previous generations of dogs. The Lab eventually really, well, retrieved. Golan generally likes treats for training commands, though he's not obsessed with them. But he is MUCH more motivated by the ball than any treats. MUCH more. So I can't use treats to tempt and reward him. So how do I teach him that it is worth giving me the ball? That bringing the ball means getting it thrown again? Any advice how to get around the pattern we created earlier, and move forward would be greatly appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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