How to Train a Dog to Fetch

How to Train a Dog to Fetch. Warm up your pitching arm and be patient—you
might just be playing “Throw” for a while before your dog catches on. You will need A dog Somewhere big enough to
play in A tennis ball or favorite dog toy to throw And dog treats A t-shirt or dishtowel
with a knot tied in the middle A leash and a helper. Step 1. Pick something for your dog to fetch. A favorite toy works great, but a tennis ball
works well too. Don’t use a stick as a throw toy. Besides being dangerous to throw near other
people, a stick can hurt your dog’s mouth and may contain parasites. Step 2. Stash a handful of dog treats in your pocket,
so you’ll have them handy. A clean t-shirt or dishtowel makes a great
throw toy if you tie a knot in the middle. It’s floppy, the knot makes it easy to pick
up, and it’s machine-washable. Step 3. If you’re playing with your dog inside,
make sure you have enough space to throw a toy or ball without breaking anything. A hallway works great. Step 4. If you’re playing outside, make sure the
dog can’t stray into traffic or other dangerous areas. A fenced backyard is best. Many public outdoor spaces require dogs to
be leashed, so don’t turn your pooch loose in a park without checking the rules. Step 5. Shake the toy or tennis ball in front of your
dog. Make a big fuss over it and hold it just out
of reach. Step 6. When you’ve got the dog’s attention, throw
the toy or ball a short distance. This will make it easier for the dog to keep
her eye on it. Step 7. When the dog runs after the toy, pile on the
praise. If she picks it up, be even more positive. Step 8. Most likely your dog will chase the toy. But if she dog doesn’t seem to understand
about fetching after you’ve thrown the object a few times, clip a leash to her collar and
walk her over to it. Praise her for arriving at the right spot. If the dog doesn’t pick up the toy, it’s
helpful to have a friend actually put it into her mouth. Of course, the instant the dog is carrying
the toy, more praise is in order. Step 9. When the dog has the fetch toy in her mouth,
call her back to you. Yell “Bring it here! Bring it here!” Praise her as soon as she starts to move toward
you. Step 10. As soon as the dog arrives with the toy, praise
her and give her a treat. When she sees the treat, she should drop the
toy automatically. Say “Drop it!” immediately, as soon as you see her starting
to drop the toy. That way, she’ll associate the command with
what she’s already doing. Never try to take the fetch toy away from
the dog. You don’t want her to think tug-of-war is
part of this game! And if she runs, don’t encourage her by
chasing after—run the other way, and offer a treat when she follows you instead. Step 11. As your dog gets to understand the rules of
this game, you can gradually stop giving her treats for performing her part of the routine. Taper them off to once every other time she
brings the toy back, then once every third time, and so on. Step 12. Once your dog has learned the “Fetch!”
basics, feel free to vary the routine. Try tossing a flying disk for a change. Throw the toy for longer distances, or over
different terrains—even into the water, if you’re at a beach. Before long, your dog will be bringing you
her special toy and begging you to play! Did you know Newfoundland dogs, which have
webbed feet, are so good at fetching and swimming that in the past they were trained to rescue
drowning swimmers.

99 thoughts on “How to Train a Dog to Fetch

  1. if you want play fetch with your dog with there is a 2 things that your suppose to teach your dog before you two can be able to play. 1st is to make him interested in the toy that ur going to throw 2nd is to teach him to return the toy to u.

    of course he wouldn't bring the toy to you if you didn't teach him that he is suppose to bring it back

  2. when i trow the ball my dog goes after it and puts it in his mouth.. but when i call him he drops the toy and comes running to me.. can someone help me?

  3. When i played this with my dog, he took it, walked half way towards me, then he laid down and sat there, he looked at me like "If you want it, you can get it yourself" -.-'

  4. I have a question. I just started teaching my 9 year old foster dog how to fetch, and he's picking it up surprisingly fast! I finally got him interested in chasing and carrying around a tennis ball. However, after he's picked up the ball and starts running back to me for a treat, he drops the ball when he's halfway there. How can I get him to drop the ball in front of me or in my hand? Thanks!

  5. Lmao. My buddy Keogh recognizes many words phrases; gestures & mannerisms. Has bagged grouse out working in the mtns n brought them to me un mangled… rabbits(no cats n only whn allowed 2) Even answers; "speaks" in sylables; & relevant volume. Even seems smarter than most ppl I know but… he does not fetch. Poor dawgs… G'luck. lol

  6. wow i threw a ball to my dumb a** dog she took it and tryed to nom nom nom it and then when i get close grrrr and she go somewhere else so then i have to gt a bone and drop it in front oof me then when she gets close to it i get it before she does and then run as fast as i can to get the ball thats some good exercise there then i stay in and go on my pc for like the rest of the day 🙂

  7. U DONT NEED TO TRAIN A DOG TO FETCH! dog naturally kno how to get the ball they just need to learn tht they have to come bak

  8. praise her but i have a male german shepherd damn i knew it wont work out o will i'll get a female next week what should i call her Xena or Roxy

  9. My dog does this 2 times and then halfway through the 3rd try, he'll plop down and just sit there. I think he gets annoyed that whenever he brings me something, I throw it.

  10. Don't forget to warm up your throwing arm……….cause you will be throwing 90 mph fast balls and all and dont want to throw it out.
    Should you stretch your legs as well seeing as there can be some running involved? Maybe some light jogging to get that blood pumping.

  11. if i try to put something in my dog's mouth, she'll just drop it after like one second of holding it. She's also pretty old, so it'll take long for her to learn how to fetch. She never really cared much for toys.

  12. i think it was a good video but, 'you need a dog' WTF? of course you need a dog, its a dog training video duh

  13. my problem is that my blue heeler. will show interest in the toy go after it if it's a short distance and will pick it up walk a little bit towards me and then drop it not even halfway back to me. what do i do at this point?

  14. okay nevermind different problem. My dog will go after the ball but just not pick it up. and i try what you said and tried to put it in her mouth but she just keeps rejecting it. what do i do now?

  15. My dog is amazing at this inside, but as soon as i'm outside he'll go to the ball pick it up and walk away. Won't even respond to come 🙁 in a fenced area he's fine but i dont have a fenced backyard. any help??? ?

  16. My dog doesn't come back with the ball, instead he'll play around with it and when i walk over to him to get the ball, he bites the ball tightly and run away with it in his mouth. But when I hold treats in my hand, he automatically lets go of the ball wherever he was and come over to me to retrieve the treat. And, if he smells treats in my pocket or somewhere near me, he will obediently sit down and wait for my treat instead of fetching the ball when i throw it. Any help?

  17. A friend of mine has a dog that urinates in the house only when she leaves. The dog is around 2 years old and never used to do this before but has started marking only when they are gone. Any training videos on this issue?

  18. I found a stray dog and I am training it even thu I still can't let him to go inside the house my mom don't like pets :/ I am 21 mom!!!!

  19. This is a great way to train a dog that's already trained. However, my dog runs to the toy and then either picks it up and drops it, picks it up and drops it after a few steps toward me, or just stands over it. How do I train her to bring the toy back to me? Thanks.

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