Our 8 month old Border Collie is absolutely beautiful, has responded very well to potty and obedience training, and has filled the house with joy and laughter. He’s almost the perfect dog. If only we could get him to stop bringing twigs, tree bark, and blades of grass in to the house……… He loves playing “Fetch” so much that no matter how many times a day we play it, or for how long we play it, he wants more. So when I’m trying to do other stuff (eg work), I find I have to put his fetch toys out of reach or he’ll keep bringing them over, dropping them on to my lap, and barking loudly until I play fetch with him. If I take the toys away, that’s when he goes looking for anything that’ll work as a substitute, usually twigs or blades of grass. The teacher at puppy school suggested we should ignore his pleas and he’ll eventually gets the message. The operative word being “eventually”. I’m pretty patient when my eye is on a long term greater good, but not even I can take 2+ hours of relentless barking and jumping all over me that shows no sign of subsiding. He’s a stubborn little thing. Apparently it’s that very ability to focus so intently on the “mission” that makes Border Collies such good sheep dogs, so I worry that breaking his fetch obsession might be a futile attempt at reversing their breeding traits? If that’s the case, then we’ll accept that and deal with it, but I doesn’t hurt to ask……… The next suggestion was to take the blade of grass off him, put it out of reach and get him used to hearing the word “No”. We were advised to combine it with a hand gesture as we did for the other basic commands (sit, stay etc). It half worked. He knows that I’m not going to throw that piece of grass for him, so now I spend all day taking blades of grass off him and saying no - He just keeps going outside and getting another one to replace the one I just took off him and before long, the house is full of bark, twigs, and blades of grass. We don’t want to lock him outside, not when we’re home. We love his company too much and he’s not always naughty. As I type this he’s trying to take a mid afternoon nap, curled up in a ball with my right foot firmly underneath his belly. If I move my foot, he shifts his position so he’s on top of my foot again. That’s just one of the million little cute things he’ll do every day! Do any of you dog experts have any other suggestions as to how we can break the fetch obsession, or at the very least convey the message that we’re not able to play fetch right now?