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Retrieve

Postby imzadipyrgirl » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:53 pm

Okay you can shoot me for this one....

Paris will go after toys but not bring them back. I am hoping to teach him to retrieve as you would for competitive obedience. I have trained my other dogs in such a manner and competed in 4-H. I was just wondering if it is natural for Britts to retrieve or if it is a taught behaviour. I am aware that all dogs disposistions would be different for this but I was just wondering if their was a "general" affinity for retrieving or not.

Also, does anyone have any methods that have worked well for their dogs? I'm always looking for new things to try!

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Postby adele » Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:16 am

My pup was two months old when I got her. The day I brought her home I tossed a ball and she brought it right back to me. I know the breeder didn't play with the pups. So, I think its ingrained.

However, Lola doesn't really enjoy retrieving. She's all about hunting. If I toss the ball she'll get it if I make her but if I let her decide she'll run past the ball to sniff under a bush.
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Postby Annie'sRebecca » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:24 am

Annie's a natural retriever, also. She LOVES to play fetch. So much so, that we have to hide her ball, and we only play maybe 3 times a week. If we didn't keep control, she'd want to play 24/7, and it would drive us crazy. Rowdy will fetch plush toys but that's about it. He can do it, but really he could care less one way or the other.
I'm not sure how to teach a retrieve to a dog, but maybe you could do something with trading a toy/ball for treats?
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Postby HOPE » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:51 am

I think it depends on each Britt they are very different. My first Britt, Freckles was a retriever and he loved playing with the balls. Hope is not a retriever, you will toss the ball she will go and get it but then take off to a corner to break the ball apart. :roll:
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Postby imzadipyrgirl » Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:02 am

Wow so much consistency :roll:

I haven't been able to actually sit down and try to play a game of fetch with Paris because our weather has been so screwy here. If he doesn't then I'm pretty sure I can teach him to but I don't know if I really want to just because I don't think we will be competing in obedience..although it would be nice for exercising him. We'll see I guess

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Postby Lisa » Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:22 am

If Paris just doesn't seem to "get" retreiving, it's a fairly simple exercise to shape with a clicker. Sooo, ya might as well teach it just for the heck of it. It's always a fun game, even if you don't decide to do obedience.
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Postby imzadipyrgirl » Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:56 pm

yeah I taught my other dogs to retrieve with a clicker. I love those things :D
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Postby pinky monero » Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:39 pm

Heres a link for teaching retrieve...Neither of my dogs is a natural retriever, but Gemma is fantastic now and i just do it for fun sometimes with the peg i trained her with. I'm starting with Hugo now too. I was skeptical when i saw this, but it really works...especially to reinforce that they must hold until you say and they give it into your hand.

http://www.dogscouts.com/retrieve.shtml
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Postby jennivieve » Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:58 pm

I have to echo the idea of trading the ball for a treat. For awhile, I still had to give the ball right back and then ask her for it again. Now, she is a pretty good retrieiver with balls...bird wings are another issue. She won't give those back for a million treats! But, we're working on it.

My other dog, Doc, has very little interest in retrieving. Sometimes he'll chase after the toy and about 1 in 20 times, he will actually retrieve it and drop it beautifully in my hand on command. The rest of the time, though, it's like he forgets what he's running after and just comes back to me for a quick hug. :)

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