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Odd retrieving behavior

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Miggy&Benji, Mar 18, 2021.


  1. Miggy&Benji

    Miggy&Benji PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    First time poster, our cocker spaniel good at catching the ball and sometimes retrieves it, although always need to proper stick our hands in his mouth to get it and he'll move his head away to try and stop us from getting the ball - any advice on this would also be appreciated!

    The odd thing he's doing at the moment is that when in our back garden he goes to catch the ball when we throw it but then just lies down with the ball in front of him far away from us (I've added a photo). Why does he do that and how to get him to come back with the ball as he's a bit tubby and needs to run more?

    Thanks in advance,
    Miggy
     

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    O2.0 PetForums VIP

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    Sounds to me like he's feeling very conflicted and is veering towards resource guarding. He doesn't like you removing the ball from him so even though he wants to come back, he doesn't want the ball taken, so he's conflicted as to what to do.

    Why don't you just get another ball and once he catches the first one, get his attention, let him know you have another ball, throw that one.

    However, all that said, if you're playing ball with him to get him to lose weight, I'd offer a few cautions.
    One, dogs need to be properly warmed up and cooled down just like we do to prevent injuries. Ball chasing is a really good way to cause injury especially if the dog is going from laying on the sofa to running full pelt after a ball with no warm-up time. Particularly if the dog is already carrying extra weight and has more pressure on the joints.
    Longer walks are better for overall fitness and weight maintenance than a few ball chasing sessions.

    Two, look at his diet, what and how much he's eating. That will get the weight off better than anything.
     
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  3. Miggy&Benji

    Miggy&Benji PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks this is great advice, we are currently weighing his food and try to walk him for 1-1.5hrs every day and a little bit longer on weekends. He's lost just over half a kilo so getting there. Will definitely try taking a second ball on walks and see how he does with it!
     
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