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Old 08-01-2006, 10:49 AM   #1
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Is there a trick or training method to help encourage a dog to fetch something all the way back to you? We're excited that Georgia is showing interest in frisbees right now but she has this habit of stopping 6 feet from me and chewing the frisbee. Ultimately I think she's more interested in chewing as she really likes to chew things up still. But once I get it back she does get excited about me throwing it and will get it and start to come back.

The problem is that I'm confused as to what message I'm sending. She's good about letting go. I read an article that said something about using the phrase "thank you" for the release. When I say "thank you" she does let go pretty darn well. But the fact remains that I had to take 2 or 3 steps to reach her and that is NOT what I want to reward.

So if the dog does go get the object, and does start to come back, but fails to make it all the way back to you, what do you do? If I don't go get the frisbee she will tear it up. If I keep saying "come here" or "bring it back" and she ignores me, it seems like I'm teaching her to ignore me. If I don't reward her for dropping it after I walk over I think she'll give up on dropping it, but then I fear I'm rewarding her for making me walk over to her.

Not sure if it helps but for now we are confined to a very small back yard. She only needs to bound a few times to actually reach where the frisbee hits the fence so it's hardly a challenge for her. One day we hope to play in a field but she is way to easily distracted.

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Old 08-02-2006, 03:19 AM   #2
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i guess i would try to kill the chewing behavior first
then work on her trying to get it all the way back

try playing with 2 frisbees
when you see that she is going to start chewing wave the other frisbee around and get really excited about throwing it
the dog will then get really excited about it and hopefully this will curb the chewing behavior
she probably won't chew anymore but she will probably be dropping the disc in the wrong place
once she gets to the point where she doesn't want to chew anymore then is the time to teach her to bring it to you

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Old 08-02-2006, 09:23 AM   #3
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I can try that but I'm going to be money that waving anything short of a steak isn't going to convince her to stop chewing. She appears to like going after the object when it's in the air but chewing seems to be the ultimate joy in life for her. More and more we're starting to think that she has something else besides lab and border collie in her mix that overrides some of her behavior.

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