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Wants to fetch all the time

We taught Diva to fetch very nicely. She sits, the ball gets thrown, she comes back and drops it and sits again expectantly. Since quickly mastering the game, she wants to fetch for HOOOOURS every day! She will keep playing until you stop, and she will follow you around dropping toys at your feet trying to get you to throw them. She especially likes the ball to be thrown in tough places where she has to think and work to get it out.

Now, we don't mind this at all. Fetch is a fun game and this is a great improvement on some other dogs I have known where fetch means "throw the ball, dog runs after it and plays with it in place, then you follow and throw it again". I will sit on the sofa reading and she'll drop the ball right on the couch next to me every time. She also is getting lots of exercise from all the fetch on top of her walks and is sleeping great.

So I guess what I'm asking is, is there anything wrong with basically playing as much fetch as she wants? It often feels like the whole day is an extended fetch game because she will follow me around with her toys and I will throw them as I go about my tasks. She clearly believes she has "trained me" to throw the ball when she drops it next to me. Is she going to get bored of the game if we play it too much? Should we be making her do other activities instead some of the time? Are we sure she is a Havanese or is she a golden retriever in disguise??
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My little guy loves fetch too. he actually will take the ball back in his mouth, then almost toss it at me, so it rolls to me, if I don't throw the ball again.

I don't know the answer to, 'is there such a thing as too much fetch'... but I always get tired of throwing before he gets tired of fetching, for sure!

He definitely prefers fetching balls, more than anything else. have you tried fetching with another item, to decrease the preferred-ness of it?
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I think the only time that the game of fetch can become "too much" is if the dog plays until he's so exhausted he's ready to collapse. When that happens, it's up to you to stop it and perhaps divert his attention to something more relaxing. I know that Bailey used to want to play until he was panting and his tongue was hanging out. When they love the game, they don't know when to stop. It is fun, however, and they do get lots of exercise.


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You want to tire him out. A tired puppy is a good puppy!



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She looooooves balls but will demand to fetch other things when the ball is taken away. The ball is fun because it bounces better so it's more interesting. Plus I can land it in fun places where she has to work to get it out. I like to put it in her water dish sometimes, it floats and she will bob for it. Or throw it in one of a group of reusable shopping bags and she has to find it and get it out. She loves to work her little brain, she sometimes plays a game by herself where she pushes the ball under a low cabinet and then sees if she can fish it out. She never gives up on finding it. After I take away she conducts a thorough search of the apartment.

We usually play till she's super tired and then I transition to a game we taught her where we roll the ball back and forth between us (she rolls it by hitting it with her nose). This lowers the energy level, then I take it away and she passes out!
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What a smart little girl! I love that she rolls the ball back and forth. So adorable. Can you video tape that? I'm sure we'd all like to see it I need to teach Mikey that. Not sure how, but that would be great. He likes to fetch too, never thought of rolling it
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For the nose rolling thing, it didn't occur to me until she hit the ball with her nose of her own accord and it was just soooo cute. To teach it, I waited till she was having a quiet moment and sat in front of her and repeatedly rolled the ball towards her. At first I gave her a treat when she even moved her nose towards the ball, then when she touched the ball with her nose, etc. Eventually she only got the treat when she really aimed the ball at me and it rolled all the way back. It would probably be faster with a command word but I just taught her to do it when I roll the ball to her.

She sometimes will do the nose-roll thing during fetch as well, to give the ball to me when she gets back with it. She is a smart one... a little TOO bright sometimes, it is hard to pull one over on her hahah! She has me all figured out.
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For instance.... when we first got the rubber balls she had never seen anything bounce like that... she would sit and nose roll the ball against the wall by herself to figure out what's up with the bounce. Now when we play fetch she can predict if the ball will bounce back to her and she doesn't even move, just waits!
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For instance.... when we first got the rubber balls she had never seen anything bounce like that... she would sit and nose roll the ball against the wall by herself to figure out what's up with the bounce. Now when we play fetch she can predict if the ball will bounce back to her and she doesn't even move, just waits!
that's so cute
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I would suggest adding a "not now" command. I have a golden who would fetch forever, and sometimes we can't play. He looks so sad when I say it.

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