My 18 week old springer is not interested in retrieving a ball.
I have my 1st English Springer Spaniel, Finley who is now 18 weeks old and I have had him since he was 11 weeks old. I have always had dogs and they have been ball mad but Finley isn't and I am struggling on how to get him interested. Everything I am doing at present is all fun based. He will recall to the whistle every time, sit both by verbal, whistle and hand commands. When I'm out with him his nose is down and he's already showing signs of quartering and not scared to explore the woods and undergrowth and positively loves it. When I throw the ball or his dummy into the undergrowth and he sees it he will run to it but is indifferent as to whether he picks it up or not or whether he brings it back or carries it further into the undergrowth. He will also identify the ball/dummy when I throw it behind him and he quarters back towards where its thrown. The only time he will retrieve the ball on a fairly consistent basis is in the house or if he's playing with another dog and he will make me look stupid and retrieve their ball every time. Can anyone give me any tips on how I can get Finley more ball obsessive, especially when we are out in the fields?
Many Thanks in advance,
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