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My golden just turned 3 years old and she used to play fetch and come when I call her no problem but now she will bring her toy a few times and then she will take it and run away and play keep away. I will then go back into the house and she will run right away to the door to be let in. I am just wondering why she suddenly started this behaviour and how to get her out of it so it doesn't become a habit.
 

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egr287 makes a great point. I'll only add that you should never give into the temptation to "chase." Even if your pup is only a foot and 1/2 away and standing still and you think you can take the few steps and snatch it before she moves. Don't do it... she's playing you, LOL. If she wants the toy thrown again (big pay off for a retriever... though most are still more interested in a good game of chase) she must bring it all the way to you and present it to your hand. Any other behavior ends the game as mentioned above. Good luck!

Julie and Jersey
 
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