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    playing fetch with youre dog

    i always wonder if they just bring ya ball back becuase there loyal. then we take it and throw it5 again does it piss em off lol

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    Probably like us when we play football.

    Some dogs seem not to fetch. In the movie based on a true story, Hachi: A dog's Tale (2009) with richard gere, the dog doesn't fetch (or nearly)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1028532/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_8

    Some dogs specialists here could confirm or not that some dogs don't fetch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
    Probably like us when we play football.

    Some dogs seem not to fetch. In the movie based on a true story, Hachi: A dog's Tale (2009) with richard gere, the dog doesn't fetch (or nearly)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1028532/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_8

    Some dogs specialists here could confirm or not that some dogs don't fetch.
    No dog specialist here... just owned several over the decades. Some dogs don't fetch. Dogs of different breeds have different strengths for different tasks... and dogs of the same breed can have different personalities.

    We have a fetching dog right now, he also walks, but doesn't do well in high heat. This dog will also bring you the ball and initiate play... will act like a 2 year old child and just roll the ball back and forth. Previous dog did not fetch, but loved to walk, and did well off leash... Prior to that dog, we had a dog that would play with the ball, but would not fetch for any distance (only short haul). Was not much of a walker, but "talked" and was very loyal, also went out and got the paper every morning. When walking, that dog preferred to carry his own leash. (was really funny)

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    When walking, that dog preferred to carry his own leash. (was really funny)
    Are you sure he was a dog?

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    I had two JRTs. They were litter-mates, different coats but almost the exact same size. One was obsessive about fetching, the other couldn't care less.

    The fetcher would chase tennis balls for hours. His favorite though was chasing golf balls in the local storm canal. Golf balls gave a much better chase, they could bounce on the concrete surface of the canal for several hundred yards.

    The other one was a better walker. He understood that going on a walk was hunting. He was able to pick the correct path, climbing rock to rock, up a steep boulder-strewn hill and was great for hiking in the mountains.
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    My mother-in-law's Golden seems only to want to hoard tennis balls. She will bolt after them when you throw them, then come back also with 2 more in her mouth that she gathered and hide under the swing not letting you have them back.

    With my old Lab, I had to fake her out by showing I was throwing one way and throw the opposite way to get enough distance for her to run to fetch it. If not, she would beat the ball to the landing zone and with the energy I had to knock out of her, I needed her to be running further distance than I could throw even with one of those ball chuckers. She would come back and sit in front of me looking at me. Had to tell her to drop it and she would and be spun right around ready to chase it again.

    I could do that for hours with the Lab. Then we'd go back in the house and she would plop down on the floor in complete exhaustion. 5 minutes later, she's got a ball in her mouth and she's going back and forth from the door to grabbing my hand with her mouth to get me back outside for another 2 hours. I could not wear that dog down for anything.
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    Some humans fetch too.
    They throw the ball hopping that the dog will fetch but when the dog doesn't move they go get the ball instead of the dog. Some dogs are clever, they can trick humans into their own game

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    My mother-in-law's Golden seems only to want to hoard tennis balls. She will bolt after them when you throw them, then come back also with 2 more in her mouth that she gathered and hide under the swing not letting you have them back.

    With my old Lab, I had to fake her out by showing I was throwing one way and throw the opposite way to get enough distance for her to run to fetch it. If not, she would beat the ball to the landing zone and with the energy I had to knock out of her, I needed her to be running further distance than I could throw even with one of those ball chuckers. She would come back and sit in front of me looking at me. Had to tell her to drop it and she would and be spun right around ready to chase it again.

    I could do that for hours with the Lab. Then we'd go back in the house and she would plop down on the floor in complete exhaustion. 5 minutes later, she's got a ball in her mouth and she's going back and forth from the door to grabbing my hand with her mouth to get me back outside for another 2 hours. I could not wear that dog down for anything.
    I've had two lab mixes. The first one was just like the one you described. My arm would tire before he would. He especially liked jumping off the dock to swim for the tennis balls. The second was a lab/dane mix that had no interest in fetching whatsoever - probably the dane in him. lol
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    my dog is a shih tzu poodle mix....if you throw a ball and tell her to fetch, she'll look at you like "WTH did you throw my toy over there for? stupid human"

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    Had a German Shepard that liked to fetch. She was also a collector. When she was a pup, lived on an Air Force Base in Columbus, MS and she would wake us up around 530am to go outside. My wife just let her out the door to run free. An hour or so later, we are wondering where the dog is and remember she is outside. She is sitting in our front yard with this massive collection of kids toys. Anything a kid may have left in the their yard is now in our yard. We start grabbing stuff and wander through the neighborhood throwing toys back into the yards of people who we think have kids. The odds of getting the correct toy into the correct yard was pretty small but we were just trying to get rid of the pilfered evidence.

    We did a picnic near a golf driving range and she started collecting golf balls. Kept her busy for a couple hours. She had quite the pile by the time we left.
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    Here is a dog IQ test:
    http://www.abc.net.au/animals/dog_test/


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    Fetch is not just a dog behavior, it is a game you play with your dog, and it needs to be taught if it's something you want him to do. It also helps if you put some thought into what is being fetched and whether the dog has it when you're not playing.

    My parents had a retriever when I was college-age that I ruined one unemployed summer by doing nothing all afternoon except play fetch. After that, if anyone ever came outside she would go and get a ball, and carry it, and if you didn't throw it for her she'd mouth it and moan around it and it was all kind of annoying. She didn't want to do anything else and couldn't accept attention that didn't involve a tennis ball. She was kind of amazing though, she could carry four tennis balls at once and if you threw four she'd eventually figure out how to bring all four back at the same time.

    My wife's Aussie seems better adjusted about it but she's still not eager to chase anything other than tennis balls, and unlike the retriever she chews them up and ruins them if you don't take them away.

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