What Sam said. Make the tug a retrieving object. Make him work for the game. He's trying to initiate play with you...but make sure he's bringing it on your terms, releasing it when you want him to, etc. The Balabanov DVDs give great examples of this type of play.No, he doesn't seem to have any "retrieving" tendancies unless it's shoving a tug in my hands to tug now.(is this bad?)
Make sure you control what he has. They are your toys, not his, when the game is done...the toys go away. Assuming you are crating this dog, as well. If he's possessive on the ball, consider playing two-ball with him...the second he drops the first, throw the second, etc. Link giving up the toy with a reward.He will not bring back a ball and id very possessive of anything he seem to think is his.
I don't know if it's typical but it's a possibility. My dog took a few shots with a very hard rubber ball and had extreme ball drive, but she's also retarded. The only person in my house who got hurt by a ball was my kid, who was about 10 months old at the time, when I accidentally hit him in the forehead with a line drive with the hard ball. He still has ball drive, too.I haven't used a ball on a string since I don't have one, yet. I am thinking he may have gotten whacked with one before I owned him. Is this the typical reaction for a dog getting hit with one?
Yeah, sorry for not following up on that PM, I'll buy one and send it to you if you want. Just needs a thicker fabric and heavier stitching...but I need to think through the supports they use (semi-rigid plastic tubing) that give the thing structure and that whacked flying action.Don't worry Woody, your Super Ballistic Squirrel is in the works - especially after I checked out what kinda coin they were charging for "Flying Squirrels" in the pet boutiques......wow, I am in the wrong business!