Changing a dog's feeling/attitude
"MauiJNP" wrote in message
Is it possible to change the way a dog feels about a certain thing?
Maui doesn't seem to enjoy fetch but I'd love for him to enjoy it. I know
I can train him to do it or even to tolerate it but is it ever possible to
get him to enjoy it? It seems that no matter how fun I try to make it or
what reward he gets for doing it, it always seems like a pain for him
instead of a game to him. Please forgive the folllowing analogy but I
can't think of another one that works as well. I want Maui to play fetch
more often but I don't want to be the "parent" who forces their "kid" to
play a sport simply because they like it when the "kid" actually hates it.
So, is it possible to make/help him like it more? Or will he just never
feel that way about it?
I've known dogs that have been taught a formal forced retrieve and after
that they seem to enjoy fetching and would retrieve things such as thrown
baby toys with great zest but I don't know if you want to go through the
steps of a force fetch. And I don't necessarily mean an ear pinch.