hi all I have a gorgeous 8 year old springer who we rescued at 4 years old as a retired sniffer. He is an absolute beauty in every way. He has always pulled a bit on the lead and been obsessed with his ball but they were small issues that in the grand scheme of things were never a problem. He had no problem off the lead or with recall, commands etc etc. However in the last 2 years demand barking for his ball has slowly crept in to the point that it is almost impossible to walk him As soon as his lead goes on it begins - it is not excitement about going out it is demand barking for his ball to be thrown complete with jumping spinning and lunging at me to get at the ball. Once let off the lead at the park and the ball is thrown he retrieves it then drops it 10 - 30ft away from me and barks at me to go to him and throw it. In desperation and after doing some reading I took all of his toys away, kept him on lead for walks and tried the extinction method (turn my back as soon as he barks then turn to him praise and reward as soon as he's quiet). This has been going on for 6 months with NO improvement - if anything things are worse - he now arrives at the park lays down and barks and I have to drag him around as he won't move as he wants his ball, then when we go to leave he repeats the process. My husband refuses to walk him anymore and I'm at my wits end. Its not good for any of us - how can I help him? Any ideas PLEASE!!!