Play Ball... Safely!
What is it about retrieving that makes many dogs (and owners) lose their minds, completely forgetting self-preservation and control?
"When we throw a ball, we are stimulating our dog’s prey drive and innate instinct to chase. The dog cannot help itself — it HAS to overtake that moving object! Why? Well, Ray and Lorna Coppinger, biologists, breeders, trainers and champion sled dog racers with decades of experience with thousands of dogs, consider retrieving to be an instinctual behavior. Like other instinctual behaviors (sex, eating and scenting), chase and catch are internally rewarding and provide deep joy, contentment, and optimism to many dogs."
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