Siri vs the ball/frisbee

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  1. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    So I'm not sure if this is normal, or if it is something I am doing wrong, or if it is just because she is a terrier :p but I would like opinions on it.

    I'm having issues with Siri and trying to train using a ball. She absolutely adores playing "fetch" and by fetch I mean she loves running to get the ball, circling behind me, and dropping the ball as soon as I throw the next one. But as far as any type of training goes, once she has a ball, she is content to take that ball and go putter around with it. If she heads off and I call her name nd throw the ball in my hand she is after it. But a stationary ball in my hand means nothing to her, i think it's not the ball at all that she really wants, it is the movement and the chasing. Which makes it really hard to try and train using a ball.

    I have tried playing with one ball only, and after she has the ball she thinks leaving with that ball is more fun than continuing any kind of training.

    With the disc if I pause at all she goes meh. If I send her for a disc and set her up for another one immediately she will drop the first and go after the second, but I can't do thing like practice back stalls or anything if she already has position of one disc and I am tryin to set her up to play with the one in my hand. We do a lot of tug with the disc, but she will never come over to me with a disc specifically to tug.

    I don't know If any of this makes sense lol but I figured I would ask in case anyone had any games for us to try or advice.

    Thanks!
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    It sounds like the problem is she either runs off with the toy/ball/whatever, or loses interest?

    I would work on the running away problem with having her bring things to your hand. I started doing this with Mu's leash and then transferred to any object (including tennis balls) and it's built a really solid retrieve. I used a really good food reward at first but I can reward her with tugging or throwing now, which is awesome. It felt backwards to build the tug/chase drive with food first but it worked really well and transitioned pretty easily. I still throw in the occasional food reward because it helps maintain her interest.

    I hope that helps, I keep reading your post and I think I'm not really understanding the whole issue. :p
     

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