I am a big tennis fan. I don’t play, mind you, but I can’t get enough of watching the major tournaments on TV. So, in honor of the US Open, I got out a tennis ball and did about the only thing I really know how to do with one (kind of), play fetch.

For the record, I am relatively new to teaching any sort of retrieve. I’ve done it with a handful of client dogs, and my deceased JRT. I’m no expert, but am eager to teach Atlas, since he has the natural drive to chase and so forth.

Notably, my Lab has no interest in retrieving, nor swimming for that matter. But she’s a great trail guide and teacher of dogs, and fantastic with the kiddies, so she gets a pass.