How To Teach Your Dog To Fetch

**Attempt this exercise inside your home first before heading over to the outside world where there are many distractions. 

**Keep all of your dogs toys out of reach from them if it is not play time. Do not leave the toys lying around, as your dog will get bored of them if you do. 

For this exercise you'll need any toy that may interest and exit your dog. That could be any toy, chew toy, balls, a towel, or even a stick.

To get your dog enticed, start by showing your dog the stick or the toy. Start to move it around your dog, wave it in the air and get them excited about it. If he jumps up to retrieve the toy from your hand say “goody Boy!” And let them know that you want them excited about this toy. Make sure that this is a fun experience for your dog! Play tug of war with the toy and keep praising your dog for playing thus far. Get them real exited!

**If at any point throughout these training exercises your dog seems uninterested, fatigued, or tired, stop and try again later.

The next step, While your dog is excited about this toy and on "the hunt" for it, would be to toss it a short distance and praise your dog for going to retrieve the toy. They do not have to bring it back to you yet. First you want them to understand that this game is about them going after the toy. 

Here are some helpful tips to get your dog to bring you the ball. 

First, you can try having your dog's bed next to you while you play this game. Dogs often like to bring toys or anything that they are in possession of and interested in back to their bed. 

Second, play chase. Do Not chase your dog around. Kick the toy around a bit and get them really excited about it, then grab the toy from them and toss it. While they go retrieve the toy, say “good Boy” clap your hands and run the other way simultaneously. Your dog is sure to chase you, as dogs love the game of chase, and they're enticed to run towards the excitement (in this case, you).

Third, use a leash if you're having a hard time. After throwing the ball and having your dog retrieve it just give the leash some light pulls just to get your dog moving in the right direction, while also clapping your hands, saying "good boy," and stepping back simultaneously. Do not pull your dog the whole way to you. You just want to give them a little direction.

Practice this over and over again until your dog begins to run in your direction after fetching the ball without you having to run the opposite direction. 

Your last objective would be for you to teach your dog to release the toy to you. 

Getting your dog to release the toy is easier than you think. Have some tasty treat ready in your pocket (so that it does not distract the game) and when your dog comes back to you, take out the treat and wave it around his nose. He will more than likely drop the toy that’s in his mouth to get to the treat. When he drops the toy praise him and give him the treat. Repeat this process as needed. Be patient! It takes dogs lots of repetition to grasp the concept of an idea or game.

**When getting your dog to release the toy to you, have one hand out ready to receive the toy and the other hand ready with the treat. Give your dog the treat and praise him only when he releases the toy in your hand. 

Patience is required for teaching your dog anything new. That and a lot of persistence and repetition. Keep your training times in intervals of five to ten minutes long and always make sure that it is a positive and fun experience for your dog.