There is nothing quite like a good game of fetch. You with the ball in your hand, your pup dancing around your feet yelling "Throw the ball, throw the ball!" in his mind. So, of course, you throw the ball out in the yard and your pup goes tearing after it, grabs it in his mouth and then goes off in a completely different direction.
Doesn't sound much like playing fetch, does it? Of course not--one of the first things you need to teach your pup is how to play fetch if you want him to bring the ball back to you every time. Border Collies are by nature a very intelligent dog, one that is quite capable of mastering a wide range tricks. Once your pup has mastered 'fetch', you can teach him 'hide and seek', hunting, herding, how to bring you your slippers, how to bring you a beer, and so much more.
Fetch is a relatively simple game that will keep you and your pup entertained for hours at a time. You can start off teaching him to fetch a small toy or a rubber ball, but with time and patience, you can train your Border Collie to fetch just about anything he can carry. The game involves throwing a toy or ball out in the yard where your dog can find it, pick it up, and bring it back to you and then repeat it over and over again until one of you tires out (bet it's you first).
Imagine how much fun it will be for both you and your pup to show off when you have company come over. You could start with the simple basic game of fetch with a ball. Your friends will say "Oh, any dog can do that!" Then you ask your pup to fetch your slippers. "Wow!" your friends say. And then you hit them with your pup going to the fridge and bring you a nice cold beer. This literally blows their minds--all of this starts with the simple game of fetch.
Before you can try to teach your dog to play fetch, he will need to have mastered the four important basic commands, 'come', 'sit', 'stay', and 'down'. After he has mastered these, you should be able to train him to do almost anything. There are a few things you need to have on hand for your training sessions. These include:
Fetch can be a great game, but only if you can get your pup to bring the ball back to you instead of running off and playing with it. Take your time, make it fun, and the two of you have a new game to play for the rest of his life.
Ive got this problem with my collie that he doesnt bring the ball directly to me. He's a 10 month old brown and white male. And when it comes to playing with a ball, he's over the moon excited. It's by far his favorite thing. Our yard is about 15m - 20m long. So when i toss the ball, he runs and fetches it with great gusto. But when bringing it back, he always drops the ball 3 or 4 meters away from me. He NEVER brings the ball to me/my feet. And when i take him to the park, it's even worse. I think because of the much bigger playing field. He drops the ball at around 6m - 10m away from me. Then i throw it again, and the same happens. So we end up moving forward the whole time. And no matter how much i call or coax him into bringing the ball to me, he never does. He just doesnt bring the ball to me at all.
It's really frustrating to the point that after just a couple thows, i get irritated and dont want to play anymore. Coz i have to keep walking after him.
Is it a training situation, or perhaps somethign else i dont know about/understand. Any advice would be appreciated.
Hello, Check out the article linked below. Especially read the Come and Drop It sections of the article. You will need something to trade pup - for putting the ball into your hand, and a long leash so that you can reel pup in when needed. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-to-fetch/ Most dogs besides retrievers actually have to be taught to bring the ball all the way back - you are not alone in this. A herding breed will naturally want to chase the ball, but not necessarily feel compelled to bring it to you. My own Border Collie had the same tendency before I taught him to drop it into my hand - so try not to get discouraged and know that it can be taught with a bit of training and practice. When practicing this, since pup will be on a long leash and the training is new, don't teach this at the dog park. Teach it in a calm location. Once pup can do it well in a calm location, practice around distractions in places like regular parks until pup is really good at bringing the ball back all the way. You don't want to have to use the long leash in the dog park because that could cause a fight. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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