I am having an issue with my 8 month old yellow male that I would like your assistance with.
I am currently going through the force fetch process. Using force, I was able to get him to pick up off of the ground fairly quickly, with gusto. I then moved to walking fetch. At first, he would go with some gusto for the bumper on the ground while walking, when force used (I am using ear pinch). I then moved to the walking without ear pinch. For the most part, he would go at the bumper with good force about 85% of the time. He always picked the bumper up and never walked over it, or did not pick it up. I thought he was doing pretty good at it and was going good.......UNTIL.....I met with the local trainer to show progress and get next step directions (stick fetch).
When I took him to the garden area for training, I went to show her and I attempted to show him without force. He walked to bumper, half lunged at it, but did not pick it up. She thought maybe it was due to the training area, so she put a bumper in front of his face, said fetch and he looked and smelled it. I tried it and he looked at it, smelled it, then opened mouth and slowly went to grab it.
SO....we went back to another week of walking fetch with force. Through an entire week of walking fetch with force, he seems to have gotten no better. As soon as I get set up to grab his ear, he is off like a race horse towards the bumper. Most of the time now, he will not even pick it up off the ground. He will just go towards the bumper when pinch is about to be given, but not pick it up. At that point, I grab ear, pinch and redirect him to the bumper until picked up.
If, I use no force, but just do walk, he picks it up, but without a really good amount of enthusiasm. If I put the bumper in front of him, he slowly grabs it. If I go to grab ear, he lunges for it.
Sorry for long question/explanation. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do next to help me out. I am getting frustrated with the process because I clearly see he understands what he needs to do to not get ear pinch(lunge towards bumper), but he will not pick bumper up.