ok, they are ADORABLE and the photos are amazing!! Wow.
Fionn has fetch half way down. He will run after his toy when I throw it, he just hasn't figured out if he drops it at my feet I'll throw it again. He holds it in his mouth and I've been teaching him "give" which is pretty good at. Any suggestions on how to get him to drop it for me rather than me retrieving it from him? He loves to run and fetch and it's great exercise for him.
oh you sure are right. That is a GREAT way to exercise and have a blast for the pups
I also enjoy it, so it is a win-win.
How to teach Fionn how to drop the ball to you depends on how is Fionn playing it now. If Fionn is the type of dog who will come back to you (instead of running to the opposite direction) with ball in mouth, but refusing to give it back, you can use a similar way to teach like I did with Snowy.
Fionn sounds so much like how Snowy was before. I might be wrong, but if that's the case, try teaching it by having two tennis balls (or whatever Fionn LOOOOOVES to fetch the most) in your hand. Throw one tennis ball (or any other thing Fionn fetches) for Fionn to go after. When Fionn comes towards you (with ball in mouth of course), ask to "give" (good that you taught the word already so that is a step ahead
). Of course, Fionn wont give the ball at first. So what you can do then is show the second ball , toss it up in the air or whatever act that grabs Fionn's attention the most (normally, this act drives Snowy crazy, he tends to be SO FOCUSED on it, so he drops whatever in his mouth, wanting the second ball that *looks* to be more fun because I made it look that way lol). and hopefully, that is the case with Fionn.
Repeat the above few times: Fionn comes to you with ball 1 inside mouth, ball 2 suddenly appear on sight, in your hand which seems to be more fun . Within a short period of time, the pup gets it
they are really smart.
This is how I taught (maybe bribe?
but it worked) Snowy that dropping it in front of me was better than keeping it to himself. Of course, dropping ball 1 led to: praising him, positive tone of voice and most importantly, throwing ball2 for him to retreive.
Originally Posted by motherslittlehelper
Kat, I ALWAYS look forward to your stories and photos! You must be on a break from school right now, where you have more time to take and post pictures of the Malts?
Thank you for being so generous with your stories and photos of them.
My two guys love fetch too (but they don't catch - they retrieve
). Finn is nearly 16 weeks and he is not as good as Augie - Augie always gets there first - but Augie is so good at sharing - he goes after it but he usually will 'let' Finn retrieve, if they are playing this game together. Then he will run along side of him on the way back like he is Finn's 'protector'. If Augie does retrieve first, Finn goes after it and then it sometimes turns into tug of war, especially if I am throwing the Skineez toys - the long limp ones with a squeaker and no stuffing. I will be curious to see how this dynamic changes as Finn gets older as it appears he is going to be a much larger dog than Augie.....unless he slows down growing soon. I was fairly sure that Augie would be a good older brother, but it has been so much fun to watch it actually happen. When they wrestle, he is also careful with Finn, although as Finn gets older and bigger, I can see the energy level escalate. And once in awhile Augie will have to take Finn down, put him on his back and pin him for a bit, to put him in his place I guess, then he lets him pop up and play will resume. It is very silent play for the most part. There is no growling or yipping or squealing.
Pooch - when we were teaching Augie to fetch, he would not let the toy go, so we would give him a small treat and cheer when he dropped it. He would race after the toy, retrieve, and race back and practically throw it at my feet for that tiny treat. Finn does a fairly good job of bringing it back and dropping it with no treat involved. Wonderful game to tire them out! We play this game in the house and use soft toys, Skineez or I have several small sherpa discs with squeakers inside because my aim is not always so good and nothing gets hurt with them.
OMGoodness! Augie sounds awesome as a brother to Finn. It is so sweet to read that he allows Finn to retrieve it awwwh I can just imagine. lol and Finn acts like a typical puppy. I just love puppyhood stage where everything is new to them, they explore and all that.
Trust me, having a good playmate fluff (like Augie) to live with the new one (Finn) will help in developing the skills and many other things in the new pup quicker. So Finn has his mommy to teach him AND Augie to teach him too.
That is exactly how it happened with Snowy and Crystal. Snowy helped SO MUCH in helping Crystal learn many many things (that didn't occure to me at first) and become whom she is today. You are lucky for having Augie with Finn
I think you got an awesome match of two pups together.
I can't wait to read how will Finn develop over time. It is an interesting stage to observe and watch AND train (i love that).
@Pooch, I love Linda's suggestion too. Try that as well and see what will work for Fionn ^_^
Kat, your photos are charming, as always. Almost make me want a Malt!
Kodi loves fetch too, but Like Augie and Finn, he doesn't catch, just retrieves. He has two favorite fetch-toys. One is a long black and white checked cow (he's actually on his second one of those!) the other is plastic gallon milk jugs. I've shared this photo before, but it gives people the idea...
lol this photo made me giggle
how adorable is this. ok Karen, you can save up of getting doggie toys. That Kodi is doing awesome retrieving plastic gallon milk jugs
@all - thanks for sharing along guys. I honestly enjoyed reading.