“How to teach a dog to fetch?” This is a very common question by most of the dog owners.
No matter where you are, a sleeping bag provides your dog with a warm and secure place to slumber. When the dog is inside the sleeping bag, the objective is for it to lay comfortably and with good relaxation. Before going on a trip, going hunting, or using the sack as a dog bed at work, you should practise this. Some dogs comprehend the meaning of the sleeping bag right immediately, while others take a little longer to catch on.
Fetch Is Quite a Frustrating Game.
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We play fetch with Ralph, in the house, 5 yard throws. He retrieves the ball, brings it to us and refuses to go. He sometimes doesn’t even bother getting it and you have to fetch yourself. Great, I have trained myself to fetch my 3-year-old son anyway).
We go outside, we throw the ball straight to the bottom of the garden, and Ralph stands behind us, staring, wondering why we have thrown the ball so far away.
Several days pass by and we continue to try this then suddenly one day, Ralph bolts out the door and straight to the ball. Picks it up and comes trotting back, one proud dog. He has the ball and brought it back to us.
Some dogs are born with the fetch instinct and will just naturally go and get the ball with little training. This is a rarity and most dogs will require a lot of time, patience and plenty of treats. The look of disbelief when you throw the ball so far away is one that most dogs give making you feel like a bad owner.
Starting, you may want to get an indestructible dog toy as dogs who don’t like to fetch will try to destroy any dog toy you provide them. These toys are great for fetch and playtimes and will last throughout your training.
Once your dog has mastered fetch, why not treat them to an automatic fetch machine. This will then free up your time as you won’t need to throw and retrieve the ball. Some even treat your dog for you.
How To Teach a Dog To Fetch
To help with Teaching a Dog to Fetch I have provided a few tips below to help with the process.
1) Motivational Treats
Are you struggling to get your dog to chase the object you want them to fetch? There are three ways to help improve this. As you are the only person who knows your dog, there are several ways to stop your dog from sitting and staring. Offering affection, regular treats for retrieving or some fun playtime after the object has been retrieved.
However you wish you motivate your dog, you should use this to encourage the item your dog should be fetching. Once your dog has retrieved the item, reward him then remove the object from them. Continue the same process several times, throwing the object just a short distance until your dog starts to retrieve without encouragement immediately.
The next step to improving the etching process is restraint. Your dog should have mastered step one and continue to return with the object thrown. Try holding your dog while you throw the ball/stick for your dog to fetch. You should feel your dog trying to escape your grasp and pushing/pulling you to get loose. Once you release the dog, they will be off at the speed of light, chasing the object. Again, reward with a treat and extra encouragement once they return.
3) Bringing Back the Object
Training your dog to bring the object back to you depends on your dog’s behaviour. Some dogs will naturally bring the object back once you shout at them. Other dogs will run to the object, leave it there, and come back or sit chewing it. There are a couple of things you can do to ensure your dog brings the object back to you and then drops it to allow you to throw it again.
When your dog has reached the object, try calling them back. If they don’t return, get a second toy or a treat and shout at them. This should encourage them to return. This may still leave the first toy where you threw it but it gets the dog used to return to you. When your dog has the first toy in its mouth, try the same trick whilst it’s in its mouth. Some dogs will just naturally run back with the object in their mouth.
Alternatively, you could throw the second object behind you so they think they have to chase that one. This will get them running back past you to get the second object.
Once they have mastered running back and forth between you and the object, then try encouraging them to return with the object. Once they have it in their mouth, shout them back / show them the second toy. Once they start to return with the thrown object, reward them. Regular rewards will encourage them to fetch the object more and more. By showing them the treat, they will naturally drop the object too so you can throw it again.
4) Commands to Use
Dogs that fetch do tend to drop the object before returning to you, this can be a pain as you then need to go and fetch the ball or stick yourself. A couple of commands that work with most dogs. “Get it”, “Fetch It”, “Bring It” are three great commands that work. If your dog retrieves the object and brings back then reward them. This is a great way of encouraging. Also, naming the object too, i.e. “Ball” or “Stick” before throwing and retrieving, will help the dog understand. So when you want them to find it, you can just say “Ball” and they should return with the ball.
5) Finally and most importantly
Picking a toy or object your dog likes is THE most important step to this whole process. Dogs will not chase after a toy they never play with.
By starting the training in the house you will know which item your dog wants to play with most. This is the object to use ALL the time when training.
Regular treats, regular praise and regular encouragement will help this process. Remembering, REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT!!
also, check out this amazing video on How to Teach a Dog To Fetch
Good luck with your training and feel free to share your stories.
While some dogs adore the game of fetch and some breeds, such as retrievers, are highly accustomed to it, other dogs could find the concept strange. Some dogs don’t show much interest in toys or don’t have a natural tendency to retrieve toys. Similar to this, some rescue dogs might not have played with toys when they were puppies and simply don’t know what to do with one. The majority of people like to play the game of fetch with their dog, but it can be aggravating if you toss a toy and your dog merely watches you or goes to collect the item but doesn’t bring it back. Although not all dogs are inherently good at fetch, it is a skill that can be learned.