|Barked: Fri Nov 19, '10 11:50am PST |
|It sounds like he has you pretty well trained. I bet he doesn't have to give you a treat either.
This is one of those times where you inadvertently taught him not to fetch, if he couldn't see it. I think it might be better if you wait until he is doing something else before getting the ball. Try keeping the ball where he can see it until you have a reliable fetch every time. Maybe you could then get someone to help by standing in the hall to call him, to the ball, when it's out of sight. You need to take these things in steps. I have found a book, "Shaping Success", by Susan Garrett, that explains how dogs learn. It really opened up my eyes. If you want your pup to be really well trained, I highly recommend this book. It's about how she trained her dog into a agility champion, when she had her doubts that she could.I found it at www.dogwise.com. It came highly recommended by our favorite Vet.
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