Join Date: Aug 2005
Dogs Name: Dance (Toller), Keira, Ripley (Dobes) & Journey (Aussie)
Dogs Age: 6.5 years, 6 years, 4.5 years, 15 months
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Do your Dobermans play fetch?
I am just curious as to how many people have Dobermans who play fetch and enjoy it? Did they naturally retrieve, or did you have to teach them?
Ripley is awesome at playing fetch. He has so much fun, and so do I. I love dogs who will play fetch. He's always had lots of toy drive, but I had to teach him how to retrieve. Now he's a retrieving maniac and will fetch forever if I don't stop him. I love that about him -- it's a good way to exercise him, and it's fun for both of us. And after we're done playing fetch, I play tug with him for a bit as a reward. He doesn't really need a reward for retrieving anymore, but that's how we started, and he still very much enjoys and looks forward to a game of tug at the end.
Keira won't retrieve anything unless she feels like it, which is seldom. She enjoys chasing a ball, but won't bring it back most of the time. Which I find odd, since she enjoys chasing the ball so much, you'd think she'd want to bring it back to be thrown again. But nope. She'd rather just run care free by herself or race another dog.
Winston (my first Doberman) sort of half retrieved. He'd chase his toy, and bring it back half way to wait for me to throw it again. He didn't ever grasp that I'd be more efficient if he brought it all the way back, haha. But he never played fetch for more than about 5 throws before he got distracted and had enough.
So how about your Dobermans?
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[And Keira, gone but never forgotten: 2007-2014]