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Before Razzle was diagnosed with OCD, we had done a little work with MEB's hip-retrieve method, where the dog jumps up, brings the toy to your hip (with gusto) and thats where the game starts and we were working it with two toys going at once and he really liked that... But, we had to stop all that because of how hard he was coming into us, first because of his injury and then his rehab. He had been a thief. A toy hoarder. He certainly liked to play with us and he wasn't the worst at bringing it back, because he could usually be coaxed back into the game, but he liked to HAVE his toy and eat it too kinda thing.

Over the last three months, we have continued to play with him with toys while he's been convalescing, more actively now that he is almost through his rehab and seems really great. We could not tug until recently and we certainly could not throw anything for him run. We had to figure out little no impact, no sudden launching games... But the play sessions have probably been the highlights of his days, particularly in the worst first weeks of his confinement. And Razzle really loves toys of all kinds, the squeakers, the squeakers that don't squeak anymore but kind of whoosh-whoosh, the tuggers, the tossers, the stuffies, the crinklies, the chewies, the ones he's now allowed to shake, rip, and destroy, and just about all the cat toys...

So anyway, what I have noticed is that he brings me toys now specifically to play with him and he's pretty insistent that I PLAY WITH HIM... and during the play, instead of making off with these toys, he keeps coming back, bringing the toy back... like he knows the toy in itself is ok, but a people on the other end of it making it do exciting things, makes it so much better.

The question is: Do we have retrieve? Is that what this is?

I suppose in a couple weeks when he is so very likely to be set free we will know for sure...

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although now that i think of it, he was not so anxious for me to share in his joy over having this stick...


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Feb. 19th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)
my guess is you have the nice starting of a retrieve, likely he will retrieve when you are the best thing happening and the item he has is less interesting on it's own than it is with you and that he might not bring it to you if it's something new & exciting. Sometimes what happens is inside the house they are sort of a captive audience and they figure out the only way to get more action going is to involve you. But then sometimes when people go outside they are only there to be with the pup and suddenly you do not ignore them for hours on end, so they figure out it is also a very fun game to engage you in some keep away games. If you take the start you have and build on it once you are out in the world you should end up with a lovely retrieve, just don't expect it to be there because it is inside.
Feb. 19th, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
as I suspected... embryo retrieve that could grow up to be anything
Feb. 20th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
Embryo retrieve?? Ewwwwwww!
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