Sit, Wait, Run, Fetch, Tug
Is tough choice to fetch or tug
Donna wants do BOTH!
I made the mistake of holding my phone vertically while shooting this video —
You can see her visibly panting (tired and needing to drink) at the end of the video and getting enough of play.
Here is the run through of the choices (which you can see in the video) she and I made as we developed our way of playing fetch through the months we’ve been together.
When it became evident that she would be half way down the corridor even before the rope was thrown, I started to consistently get her to sit and wait for the toy to be thrown. Gives me a good excuse to get her to practice responding to these cues during play.
I started teaching her drop it more to save our fingers from her teeth. She likes to tug if we reach directly to take the toy from her mouth. And sometimes when she adjusts her grip on the toy, she would accidentally hit our knuckles with her teeth. Not ideal since I don’t want to have to play tug and risk my fingers to take back the toy every single time. So drop it.
She learnt drop it very well. Unfortunately, she got it into her head that she could turn the game into tug if she persistently drop it not in our hands, not in front of us, but slightly away where the human has to reach for it. There she would hover, head over the toy, guarding it and ready to snatch it up again to initiate a game of tug.
Oh well she is quite right about that, except that, 90% of the time she responds to drop it very well. :P
Eventually when she tires, she will end the game by flopping in the middle of the hallway, nom, nom, nom on the toy as if the human does not exist any more.
This is her done with the nomming.
I have to add that her style of play with me is very different from with Mr P. She adapts to the human. I play safe. She gets a more rousing time with Mr P but My P gets his fingers nipped more often. Hah!
Another short video of her running after a bone :P