Retrieving Is Easy to Learn
How do you teach your dog to fetch good?
Making your dog learn fetching goods is split into four parts:
- Search (chase or search for an object, e.g. a ball)
- Pick up (he must take the ball in his mouth)
- Return (he must bring the ball to you)
- Letting go (he has put down the ball for you)
Retrieve: search and pick
Both his searching and picking up lies in the hunting instinct of your dog. So the search or pursuit of an object (ball) by your dog is the same as behind a prey. The further his hunting instinct has been developed, the easier this part of the exercise to retrieve learning.
Give extensive show and smell of the subject interested to your dog before you throw it away. Play with the object, put it in his mouth and move it over his head. Pretend you give him the object and pull it back quickly. In short, make him a great interest in the subject receives.
Potential problem is–your dog runs after the object, but when he approached the object, does not grasp it.
Possible solution of this is that you can do more with dog playing with the object. Let it fall on his nose, but just before he can smell it, get it soon. Let the ball bounce, roll and get yourself behind the ball. If your dog sees how much fun it is to play with the object he becomes more self-interested. Or maybe you should choose another item that interests him more.
If your dog has found the object in his mouth, you should call him. This is a cinch if your dog is well managed with the “Come” command.
If your dog does not know this command, you do this practice just before dinner time. If your dog is about to come to you, say a friendly tone “here.” Do not say more than that: “here”. So you achieve a clear command that your dog will come to you and make a link. When your dog comes to you for his food, praise for the “good” running of the command. Do this exercise every time you think your dog want to come to you, not only around dinner time, but at every opportunity, because you do not want your dog to respond against “Come” command only associated with food.
At this stage of retrieving we normally encounter the most common problems. Many dogs find it hard to just catch their “prey” to issue.
According to expert dog instructors, there are 3 main problems:
- He runs away with the object in his mouth and wants you to go after him;
- He comes to you, but if you want to pick the object, he does not give it;
- When you call him and let him drop the object is no purpose to you.
Possible Solutions are here: Never run after your dog. This helps keep you in control of the situation. If you do go running after him, the exercise turns into a sort of chase and your dog determines it as the rules of the game.
If your dog lies down to the matter or if he tries to flee, you can tempt him with a piece of sausage, or anything else he finds interesting than the object in his mouth.
It becomes more complicated if your dog without the object comes to you. This case is best with the help of someone else to solve. When you throw away the ball, the other runs with the dog behind the ball. Usually your dog will see the other as a competitor and not leave the ball when it comes to you.
If your dog leaves behind the ball anyway, other person just takes it and bring it to you in a way that your dog can see properly. Give the other person a reward (piece of cheese or sausage, at least something that both the person and the dog really liking). Repeat this exercise several times and you will see that your dog in no time bring the ball to you.
Once your dog learned to back the ball to you, teach him to let go. The easiest way to ensure that your dog let the object go of is something to show what he prefers. That can eat a piece of meat or another ball. When he drops the object, you immediately reward him with a food item and again throw away the subject.
You can also retrieve two balls to practice. Throw a ball away and when you let your dog brings back the second ball and once you see the dog throw the first ball, released the second ball. Your dog will learn that chasing the ball is the best and that means hunting tendency only increases.
Most dogs with a good basic dog training are taught this exercise in 2 to 3 sessions. Your dog will quickly master this exercise and look forward to his daily half hour fetching.