So our new GSp Barley loves to play with the ball he just seems to have an issue giving it back.... I searched these forums and I couldn't find any specific advise on this.... Anyone have any ideas??
Another idea that has worked really well for me, especially when they want to play keep away is to sit in a chair and throw from the chair. Whatever you do, don't get up. Keep a magazine or book nearby so you can pick it up and read if your pup doesn't bring the toy back right away. At first you will throw the toy and they will run away and do other stuff, but they quickly realize you are not getting up and the way to keep having fun is to bring the toy back to you. This works well with pups or older dogs either one. Using this method, my dogs will actually get to where they bring the toy back and put it in my lap. The key to being successful with this though is not getting out of the chair and patience.
Barley is around 8 months we think... He gets the ball in his mouth and then will either prance around me in circles or just come up to me and use me as leverage to chew on the ball.... He sometimes will let me take it out of his mouth easy sometimes it is a battle....
Sounds to me like your pup wants to play the chase/keep away game. Don't give in and don't forcefully take the ball. I would definitely use the chair and sit there and wait. He will get tired of trying to entice you to chase him soon enough and will bring the ball to you and will probably drop it for you. When he does praise him, pick it up and throw it for him. If he happens to grab the ball after he drops it for (which they sometimes try), go back to ignoring him. If he won't bring you the ball back, say game over, pick up the chair and put it up and go back into the house. Whatever you do don't chase him or fight for the ball as that is whay he wants to do. Also, you are controlling the game now, not the dog.