Retrieve – Compulsive Method

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I’m amazed at the number of owners who tell me, “My dog won’t retrieve. I give up!” I usually respond by saying, “Let me try.” With the aid of a squeaky toy or quoits ring I soon can get the dog, not only interested in the article, but also to carry it for a while. Having demonstrated how it is done, I send the delighted owner away to get a similar article and train the dog. One week later they return to report that they did not have the time to purchase the specific toy their dog was willing to retrieve. In this case retrieve may be an owner/trainer problem. The “play method”which is rarely successful with adult dogs should be introduced during puppy training so that the puppy can associate Retrieving with pleasure.

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