Teaching a dog to retrieve is easy with the right methods. Use this step-by-step guide to learn how to train your dog to bring you the newspaper, the mail, and anything else you can think of.
Dogs are man’s best friend. They will do anything for you and never let you down. I like to think of my dog as a furry friend, but there is only so much you can do with any pet – they won’t let you mow the lawn, they won’t drive your car and they most certainly won’t get that promotion you’ve been angling for at work. However, there are ways to get even more out of your pet. One way is to train them, and one really good reason to train them is to teach your dog to retrieve objects you may lose and wish to recover- just in case they dig up the bones with that stash of diamonds you buried in your garden ten years ago!
Teaching a dog to retrieve is an excellent way to bond with your pet, and it’s an important skill for all dogs to have. Dogs who are taught at a young age to retrieve will be more likely to carry out this behavior as adults, so it’s something that should be taught early on.
Teaching your dog to retrieve is not difficult, but it does require consistency and patience. It can take anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks for your dog to learn this skill.
The first step in teaching your dog how to retrieve involves getting them excited about having a toy thrown for them. When you’re ready to start training your dog, make sure that you have plenty of time on your hands—you’ll need at least 30 minutes per session so that your dog doesn’t get bored or frustrated with the process. Place several toys in front of your dog and give them one at a time so they can see what’s happening around them when you throw their toy. Then toss each toy in different directions so they don’t know which direction they’re coming from next time (make sure they’re not looking directly at you when you do this). You may need several repetitions before they start paying attention or showing any interest in chasing after their toy after being thrown
Teaching a dog to retrieve is a great way to spend your time with your pet, and it’s also a good way to exercise the animal. You can teach your dog to fetch, roll over, sit up, shake hands and more.
Step 1: Choose an object. Choose an object that is light enough for your dog to pick up but heavy enough that it won’t easily fall from his mouth. It should be about the size of the tip of his nose or smaller for easier training.
Step 2: Place the object on the floor in front of you. When he sees it, tell him “fetch” or another command that you would like him to respond to when he picks up something.
Step 3: Slide the object across the ground toward him as he approaches it with his head down low and mouth open in preparation for picking it up (he’s ready when he looks at you). As soon as he picks it up with his mouth or paws it into his mouth, praise him enthusiastically and give him lots of treats! If he drops it right away don’t worry — just pick it back up again and try again until he gets it right after one or two tries each session so that he doesn’t get bored with trying too many times per day (
Teaching A Dog To Retrieve
If your dog does not know how to retrieve, then I challenge you to teach him how and motivate him to play this very useful game with you! Even if your dog has never really been interested in retrieving give these tricks a try!
Most dogs have some sort of play/prey drive, meaning when something moves quickly they have a genetic urge to chase it. When dogs are in the wild, these are the genes/instincts that keep them alive.
Although our pet dogs don’t have to hunt to survive, they still have inherent instincts that get over stimulated when they see something move rapidly and we can manipulate these instincts to teach them a variety of games and tasks that they love.
What You Need:
- Two toys that are the same or similar. I prefer toys on a string.
- Your dog
I like toys on a string, because I can dangle them and whip them about in a frenzy making them look like prey, around my dog. So even if the toys you are using don’t have a string, I would recommend tying one around or through each toy.
- Put one toy on the ground and let it remain motionless while you grab the other toy and fling in around or across the carpet quickly and illogically.
- You must get animated and energized, your dog should feed off of your energy!
- Your dog should get excited and snatch the toy.
- As soon as your dog’s mouth grasps the toy, let go! Immediately!
- Take the other toy and again make it boogie around you.
- Your dog should discard the first toy in order to steal the one you have now.
- As soon as your dog spits out toy one say “drop it” “out” or “give” not prior to, but as he is gagging it out!
- As soon as he grabs the toy you have, immediately let go and reach for the inanimate toy bringing it to life again.
- Give your release command as he drops one toy for another, and continue playing back and forth.
- Now as he is enthusiastically trying to grab the toy you are playing with you can fling it a few feet away.
- As he goes to get it give him your retrieve command “fetch” “take it” whatever you want to use.
- When he turns around to chase the toy, begin making the other toy move again.
- He should grab the toy and race back toward you, spitting it out at your feet as he tries to snatch the toy you have.
- Don’t forget to give him the release command, and praise him as he brings you the toy and releases it at your feet.
- If things are going well, you can toss the toy a little further each time as he successfully brings the toy to continue the game.
At first the commands mean nothing, but as you play this game day after day, he will begin to realize what each command means and you can shape a regular retrieve.
You are not only teaching him to retrieve an object, you are also teaching him to release the object in a positive manner, which is even a more important skill!
Finally, for one of the next days in The 12 days of Christmas with Your Dog, take your dog’s favorite toy away and put it up somewhere where he can’t reach it, and somewhere you will remember where you put it!