How cool it is to go play fetch with your furry friend? It definitely is, and it has mutual benefits – you both get to burn a few calories and improve stamina while at the same time enjoy some time together. So what are you waiting for, play fetch with your dog now.
Oh wait, fetching does not come automatically with your dog. Unlike some dogs that mechanically retrieve objects that belong to their owner, yours needs a little training. It has to be easy as you been seeing on TV and tutorial videos. Truth is, it is going to be a little tricky which mostly depends on the breed and temperament of your dog.
So how do you make this work with your dog? Check out these 6 tips that will make your training a breeze.
Tip 1: Begin training with chasing
So your dog is one of those “sit and stare” type, which basically means it does not get the game you wanted to play. What you can do is teach it to chase whatever object you throw away so he could fetch it. You can so this in three ways: 1. Motivate with praises or affection, 2. Use treats, or 3. Use play.
The process will be the same, whichever motivator you choose – encourage the dog to chase an object, reward him when he does with your choice of motivator, and take that object he retrieved away. Repeat this sequence until you are confident he gets the game.
Tip 2: Make sure he knows he needs to retrieve your object
It gets tricky now as your dog might understand that he needs to go after your thrown object but may not actually bring it back to you. If your dog won’t actually bring the object back after chasing it, then you might need another motivator. Use a second treat that you can show him when he caught the first one.
While it is not a guarantee that your dog will carry the first object when he run for the second one, it will at least understand that running back to you should be the next move. Only after your dog get the hang of doing this that you call him back with the object in his mouth. Then, ask him to “drop it”.
If your dog is well trained he might drop it immediately but if it is not then you need to show your other treat. Repeat the sequence until you are satisfied that your dog actually gets the game now.
Remember that there would be a few things or problems that you might meet along the way as you teach your dog to play fetch. One would be running off with the object that you have thrown. You can avoid this with the help of a rope. Nope, you don’t put your dog on a leash instead you do that on your object. When the dog catches it, wriggle the rope and pull towards you. Repeat this a few times until your dog catches on.