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i got him interested, but he is not fully committing to the activity. Is there anything I can do to make him really get into it?
 

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I had two non-retrieving dogs and with marker training and tug, I made them junkies.

If your dog loves tug, you had him retrieve the tug toy to start the game. With a non-tug toy, you "mark" when they first touch the object, then lift it, then retrieve it. You feed when you mark. It might take a few days for the dog to figure it all out, but it works with a food motivated dog.

To start, I had to tug and feed a lot. Now, my dogs love the game for the sake of the game and there is no food involved. Both dogs retrieve quickly and dependably and love it.
 

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Really praise and treat like you would training. Kabota had zero interest when I got him, 2 months later and he loves fetch. It took a lot of treating each step, though.
 
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