However, all did not go smoothly because the dog was so thrilled, he caught the ball and ran off with it, refusing to come back. And when he did eventually return, he was so enamored of his new toy that there was no prying it from his jaws. What to do?
Many dogs prize objects such as balls highly and can be possessive about them. The art to getting the dog to obey willingly is to have him realize that play doesn't finish when he relinquishes the ball, and instead of losing his toy there's everything to gain in terms of fun.
'Release' is taught in a similar fashion with an adult dog, but this time you're going to put the action on cue. To do this you need basic items such as:
My dog is obsessed with ball. 24/7 we do have times where there’s no ball in the house but can’t get him to drop. ive used the introducing praise method. And he can fit 2 balls in his mouth so usually if I have 3 balls I can convince him to drop but it takes a long time. I’ve been doing that for 6 months. But still doesn’t get it. I’m reluctant to do the treat method because we always have done praise and I don’t want to fixate him on treats does that make sense?
Hello, are you worried that Griffey has an obsession? Otherwise, unless he is possessive with the ball and is aggressive when you try to take it, then I would let him have his fun. It's better than chewing shoes, which can be an obsession. Still, if you want to try and break him of the habit, you can try the following: Play Fetch with Griffey at a specific time every day, and when you are all finished, say"all done" and put the ball out of sight. Also, make sure that he has lots of other toys, including interactive feeders that will enable him to have a mental challenge. Try a toy that dispenses food wth a bit of work. You can even feed him part of his breakfast or supper that way. Make sure that Griffey is getting other types of exercise (he's got working lineage). Lots of walks and playtime. He'd be great at flyball! Consider that as an extra-curricular activity. Try and teach him the leave it command as you play fetch. When he brings the ball, state leave it as he drops it. He'll soon learn the command. Then, put the ball away till next time. Good luck!
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