Here's the thing: she loves for us to throw it. She'll chase it and
> won't "drop it" and let us throw it again. She just wants to chew the thing
> into tiny shreds. I'm sure she thinks we're as fond of it as she is, and she
> no doubt thinks we won't ever return it to her. By the way, she is
> absolutely fine about us being near her when she eats, not posessive about
> food or anything.
> Any ideas about how to teach her to fetch it? Actually, she does fetch it,
> now that I think about it, she just won't return it...
> Mary Hegeman
> University of Missouri
her teeth until it gets so uncomfortable that she open her mouth and
drops it. Then give lots of praise. If it's not something forbidden,
give it back right away, giving her the message that you won't keep
it. The return of the toy also serves as a reward for her relinquishing
If she loves for you to throw it, don't throw it unless she drops it
in front of you. Don't try to grab for it (after she's learned to
drop it), just hold your hand out open until she drops it. And
especially don't pull on it. This tends to escalate into a tug-of-war.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
Julia Hsi Morris