Bodie is smart, but with a huge stubborn streak. He is now ten and a half months old and it is almost impossible to play fetch with him. He loves chasing a thrown toy and he brings it back at a run. So what is the problem? Well, that is it. Bodie won't give the toy back. You throw the toy, he chases it and brings it back. Game of fetch is over.
We have tried several techniques and finally found one that works. We need to play with two similar toys. We throw the first one and when Bodie brings it back, we wave the second one until we have his attention. Suddenly, the second one is much more desirable than the first and he drops that first toy. Only then do we throw the second. Finally we can play fetch until Bodie gets tired.
And a tired puppy is a good puppy!