Angel almost prefers playing Fetch by herself. Our backyard is basically a rustic piece of sloping land. There's plenty of dirt, plenty of twigs, lots of trees, and not much else. Anyway, Angel has found that if she stands at the top of the hill and gives the ball a little throw to release it, the ball will "throw" itself, and then she can run after it and chase it.
She will, on occasion tease me with the ball, bringing just out of reach, and then either running away or making me come get the ball to throw. But usually, as long as I'm watching her on the deck, she's happy to chase the ball by herself.
Does anyone's else's dog do that?