The first thing that I wanted to teach my dog was how to fetch. I feel like this would be the hardest to teach him because there is absolutely NO RETRIEVER in him what to ever! He will chase a toy/ball/stick but he will not bring it back. It is a battle to get him to drop it or give it to you. He plays keep away, when you get close to him if he has something in his mouth he will run away from you. At the dog park when he steals another dog’s toy/ball/Frisbee it is a complete nightmare to try and get it from him. (It’s a little embarrassing!)
I just googled how to teach your dog how to fetch and I read these tips from the Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. The first tip talks about making sure that he is interested in the object that he is fetching. Since we really haven’t practiced outside we went to the dog park yesterday to test it out!
Since it was pretty cold and windy outside yesterday the dog park was completely empty which is good since there were no distractions. I took a ball that he hasn’t really played with before to see if he will chase it. Ryder had no problem chasing the ball. He loved chasing it especially if I threw it in the deeper snow. I took a video of Ryder when he gets the ball and how he just wants to play keep away with it.
The website that I was talking about earlier that bringing two toys can help with retrieving. So I think the next time we practice I am going to bring two toys instead of one to see if that works. I want to play fetch with him but it’s no fun if I have to chase it to get the ball back.
After we get the retrieving thing down the next thing is to teach him how to drop it without playing tug-a-war with him. I’m really hoping that he can master fetching, but I know this is going to test my patience to no end!