Lexi learned a lot while we had our doberman. Ayda of course was very willing to please and VERY obedient. That's how we taught Lexi how to "wait" for her food. And also how to swim out in the lake and fetch the tennis ball. WOAH!
As for catching things, Miles and Lexi will occasionally catch their tennis ball several times in a row for me. But with food, like most everyone else has said, they just let it hit them in the face and fall to the floor. :p But let's think about this: Would you just catch something in YOUR mouth that someone just threw at you? Why do we expect our kids to do this?? lol… And my kids NEVER eat a treat where you give it to them... they always have to go to their special place. And as for the life pellets in the Blue Buffalo dog food we give them, they pick them out. You should see their dog bowl- it's like the parting of the red sea- life pellets on the left, the good morsels on the right. But all the life pellets end up in the middle of the living room floor- I guess they've now considered that The Dump! :mad:
As for retrieving- Lexi is VERY good at this...when SHE wants to be. Generally speaking though, she will get her "baby" for you- her plush pelt of choice. This is how it usually goes... We get a new toy. Lexi wants to make it her baby. She cleans it and just carries it around. Miles wants to destroy it and remove it's evil squeaker. So it snows in the living room (all the fluff) and we end up with a million different plush pelts with dangling limbs, no eyes, and broken necks. But those are sometimes the best ones to play with- because when they pull another piece off, they feel victorious! They always retrieve when we play hide-n-seek though. Miles really likes to chase tennis balls now too.
When we used to take Lexi to the dog park in Georgia, she'd only run around the ball and come back to say, "I found it! It's over there!! AND I beat all the other kids to it!"