i taught george to catch at 5 months,
started with small bits of food,
then moved to mini tennis balls,
now he can catch anything, really firmed up his desire to play fetch...
while he got the fetch / return / drop / sit / repeat cycle,
i found early on he’d get bored with all the process,
would want to move on to other games.
i adapted to a two ball fetch, where i throw the second after he returns the first,
made for faster cycles, more entertainment for him...
is 14 months now, wants to play fetch for hours at a time, is great for both of us,
easily worth all the training time to get there...