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Tip 1 – Stage 1
- Make sure you use something that your
doghas familiarity with and enjoys. I taught my first dogto fetch by using his favorite furry teddy (with a squeak). I used this because my dogalready enjoyed playing with this toy so it made the trainingprocess easier right from the start.
- The reason that I used a squeaky toy was it instantly focused his attention when I threw it.
- Although ropes and tug toys maybe one of your
dog’sfavorite toys -don’t use it when trainingto fetch as your dogis more accustomed to tug-of-war, and will want to play this with you instead of learning to fetch.
Tip 2 – Stage 2
- In this stage you need to place your
dogon a leash.
- You need to use a relatively long leash, something about 10 foot or slightly longer is perfect. The reason behind using a leash is that you don’t want to be chasing after your
dogand trying to retrieve him.
- The longer the leash the better as it will enable your
dogto run to fetch his toy but with you still having an element of control.
Tip 3 – Stage 3
- I always use treats when I am
trainingany dogto fetch – this keep and holds their attention.
- This stage is possibly the most difficult as you want to keep your
dogyour dog’sattention on the toy, the treats and on you.
- If you are starting the fetch
trainingwith a puppy – do the fetch trainingover a period of about a week – keep practicing this stage by trying to hold your puppies attention.
- When fetch
traininga puppy – make sure you end the trainingbefore he loses his attention – this will keep your puppy interested every time you restart the fetch trainingprocess.
Tip 4 – Stage 4 – Fetch
- Right here we go…
- Now you have your
dogon a leash, a toy, your dog’sundivided attention, and a treat – You are now ready to to start the fetch trainingprocess.
- Hold your
dog/puppy quite tightly on the leash and keeping his attention – wave the toy in front of him and the throw it away – only a few feet – you want it to be in your dog’seye line.
- As you throw it say in a firm voice ‘fetch’ and let your
dogrun after the toy.
- When your
doghas got the toy in his mouth gently draw the dogback in with your leash.
- When he is within reach, offer the treat and say ‘give’ and take the toy from your
- Make sure you aren’t pulling and tugging for the toy-this isn’t a game and your
dogneeds to understand that.
- Now it’s time to praise your
dog– make a really big deal of it make your dogrealize that you are thrilled. Repeat ‘good dog‘ and pat and pet him.
- Continue to repeat stages 4 and 5 until you feel he is getting bored or losing his attention
If you repeat this over the course of a week – any