I’ve been asked how to get your own dog to retrieve like me…patience is the answer. My Human had infinite patience.
When I came to live with my Humans, I’d been livin’ with a big pack of dogs and the humans there would throw balls or bumpers and then whoever got there first played “keep-away” so another pack member didn’t get our prize!
First thing my Human Momma did was take a tennis ball and toss it down the long hall. I couldn’t get past her, plus she had a lead trailin’ from my collar so she could pull me to her if I didn’t take the ball to her when she called “bring”. (big sigh)
Next I graduated to the water
Once in the water, Momma would throw the bumper out a short way and let me swim out to get it. Then, callin’ me to “bring”, she would guide me to her. Below are a couple of more pictures of the training process.
‘Cause of my large size it was easier to control me in the water. Once I figured out that she’d throw it again, as long as I brought the object back to her, I was one happy fellow! Then we graduated to no check lead, then to land.
Here I am swimming back with a bumper. Notice I don’t have any lead on me.
Here I am bringin’ a toy back. That’s a tab lead dangling from my collar. That’s so my Human can grab hold of my collar if she needs or wants to stop me. She only does that if she sees danger or I do something wrong. I’m a good boy, so I NEVER do anything wrong.