Me: Just come in my general direction and I will take it then throw it!
@Bad Suggestions, funny story, my pit will not drop the ball willingly to anyone but my 3yo. Otherwise you havto tell him to drop it and ignore him until he gives up and drops it...mainly because he likes to play tig of war with it. But when its the toddler he relinquishes the ball quickly.
@MMSieBreeze, it’s funny cause the toddler is doing everything right most likely. Less is more when teaching a dog fetch. I find most people’s problems with getting the ball are from tug of war or a game of chase. Changing the dynamic of the game changes the dogs mentality so when the toddlers tunnel vision sets in the dog only recognizes the game at hand
@MMSieBreeze, on a side note: use two tennis balls and only throw the ball when your dogs sits. The established dynamic in play means you’ll always be the alpha. Besides being super important in the relationship, teaching through play can be the fastest, long lasting, and effective methods
My chocolate lab: NO TAKE!! ONLY THROW!!!
@the angry mail lady, I just bought my aussie this huge "tree", and it came with 6 little squirrels that you stuff inside it. 2 of the squirrels are already ripped apart, and I just got it yesterday
I caught it after all...why shouldn't I keep it. *Evil deformed version of Bilbo doggins"