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Hello!
I've done some training with my 1 year old Catahoula Leopard Dog named PJ. We've taught him "Off" (stop and lay down) "Here" "Sit" "Find it" (hunt for his toy) "wait" and "full run" (his release command to go run around and do whatever he wants).

I had been training him by saying "Wait" as I throw the ball and then Find it once the ball is settled for him to go get it. He was always very happy and excited for the hunt. I also play normal fetch with him all the time. I added "Off" to the mix while he was running after it and then "Find it" and he would pop back up and hunt it.

Recently (within the last 2 weeks). When I yell Off, he lowers his head and slowly walks up to me before laying down. Then when I say find it he just lays there and looks at me. If I make a dramatic movement like I'm going to run after the ball and say find it he gets excited and goes and gets it.

I am stumped on what happened to him and would love and recommendations or advice.

Thanks in advance!!
 

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It's entire possible that he finds Off to be highly aversive when playing fetch, which completely demotivates and/or confuses him. I'd not use it while playing fetch unless there is a safety issue whre an emergency stop is needed.
 
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