Sammi is 9 month's old and still only retrieves when she wants- if she think's it's a game she does pretty well, but during training I can get 2 maybe 3 retrieves and she is done! If you find an answer pass it on
Well I would start down a long hall, with only one way out. Position yourself at the open end of the hall and toss a ball or toy down to the other end. Call your puppy in an excited voice and when your puppy heads your way (it is the only way out), say "give" and remove the ball/toy from their mouth and give them a ton of praise and a treat. This is how I taught Sami -- and I'm sure there are many other ways, but it worked for us.
She has never cared for a tennis ball, and I just recently got her excited about the tennis ball by doing this same technique. Just treats and tons of excitable praise whenever she would return it. Now she thinks a tennis ball is great.
I agree with Trickster. We have our labby for hunting pheasants, and he dosen't even get very excited about retrieving, he's just six months, and we have been told that it will come gradually. I think that everyone else has given great pointers. I have nothing to add except stay with it...Good Luck...
I agree, wait and see. Our first Lab Jake, had no interest in retrieving although he would do so from time to time to demonstrate that he knew what we wanted. Lucy, our second Lab started in the hallway at eight weeks, but is mellow and not obsessive. Ozzie out recent adoptee, is a maniac, high drive,fetching machine-no training or encouragement required, so go figure. I think all dogs are different.