How To Teach Your Dog To Play Fetch: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 120
Your dog does not have to be a Golden Retriever to love a good game of fetch. Fetch is a great form of exercise and helps promote bonding with man's best friend. But before you partake in an energetic game of fetch you must first teach your dog how to play. It is true that some dogs learn faster then others, while others have mastered the art of the ball chase but not the retrieval. The key to a good game of fetch is not only teaching your dog to run after the ball, but how to bring it back. Like any dog training we do recommend teaching your dog how to fetch at a younger age. If your older dog has not mastered the art of fetch no worries you can still teach an old dog new tricks!
1. Give the dog the ball to smell. Let the dog hold the ball in its mouth, sniff it and bat it around. This helps the dog grow comfortable with the ball.
4. Snap your fingers, say the dog's name or do whatever you do to make it come to you once it reaches the ball. If the dog picks up the ball and brings it to you, say "Fetch" or "Bring it here." Once the dog arrives, praise it and give it a treat. Repeat throwing the ball and telling the dog to "Fetch" it. Use the same phrase each time.
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