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Playing “Fetch” is a great way to exercise your dog and strengthen your bond with him at the same time. Many dogs are naturally good at chasing something that is thrown to them, but they may not always be good at bringing it back.
Teaching your dog how to complete the fetching process will help to make the game of fetch more fun for both of you.
Here’s how you can play: read the steps below to learn more:
1. Go to any spacious area. Take a ball or toy to play with
2. Ask your dog to be in a stay command. Throw the ball or toy.
3. Let your dog fetch the ball or toy. As soon as they fetch the ball or toy, recall them!
4. As soon as they are near to you. Add the verbal cue, such as “drop it.” Say the cue firmly and clearly while still holding the treat near the dog’s nose.
There are many reasons why a dog may not want to fetch or isn’t very good at it. For example, they may have a medical issue such as arthritis that would make running back and forth difficult. They may also perceive returning and dropping off their toy as punishment, or think that fetching simply isn’t as fun as other activities.
Keeping your training sessions short and regular will keep both you and your dog from getting tired and/or frustrated with the training process.
Have fun playing, and tell us if you enjoyed it!