Oh, she'll run and retrieve something very well. But run, catch something in the air, and bring it back? Well, that needed some work. See, her typical M.O. is to wait until something hits the ground, then pounce on it, then pick it up and shake it, and then bring it back. Then maybe she wants to tug it for a little while (which I discourage with tennis balls, as you may imagine. I've had to discourage it with frisbees as well).
But, I think we're actually making some progress!
If you'll remember our Elka in the Snow! video, you have a good illustration of the "run, pounce, shake" process. If you don't remember, well, here it is (for some reason, it isn't embedding the move when I preview the post, but is in the compose. If it doesn't embed, I guess just click the link. Freaking computers):
See? Not "real" frisbee playing. Now, I don't have a disc dog in the making, not even close. As evidenced by this gem, which I am not placing on Youtube, just sharing here with you folks:
Ignore my hands. Apologies. But, get a good laugh out of when the frisbee hits her in the butt! You'll notice that I've switched to a fabric type frisbee (purchased at Tractor Supply). My fiancé suggested (and good thought, really) that she might "get it" better with a different type of disc. After all, she's very familiar with the Kong type material of the other disc, and has chewed and tugged on such things before. The nylon-ish one, though, she's never encountered before this....exercise, shall we call it? So we can instill good habits from the get go. Or better ones, anyway.
We still have a "stop and chew" stage, but that happened even with tennis balls as we were learning retrieval back then, so I expect the behavior to fade the more rewarding the actual "catch and retrieve" becomes. She isn't doing the full on leap yet, but, puppy steps!
(Elka Catches the Frisbee!)