Knowing how to train a dog to fetch can be both a fun and rewarding experience. There is no secret to learning how to train a dog to fetch other than patience. When figuring out how to train a dog to fetch, you will need to remember to be patient and make it a fun and positive experience for your dog. When a dog is learning a new trick, such as how to fetch, the dog is much more likely to cooperate if the experience is fun for him, much like a child. Avoid acting angry, upset of frustrated as you will confuse the dog and create a negative experience with the trick thus hindering the dogs progress in learning how to fetch.
- Introduce a fetch object to your dog. Introduce an object to your dog that you want him to fetch. Use a tennis ball or stick to start out. Place the object near your dog and give him a treat. Continue to reposition the object in front of the dog and reward him the instant he pays attention to the object.
- Move the object. Walk several feet away from your dog with the object to fetch. Place the object on the ground and wait for your dog to come. Call the dog if necessary and point towards the object to fetch. Reward the dog the second he looks at or sniffs the object. Repeat this process several times, creating a positive association with the project to fetch.
- Toss the object. Toss the object that you want the dog to fetch. Run to the object and wait for your dog to follow. Call the dog to the object if necessary. Reward the dog the instant he runs to or recognizes the object. Repeat this object several times until the dog learns to run to the object.
- Teach your dog fetch. Throw the object and do not run to the object. Point to the object if your dog does not run to it. Repeat the above steps if the dog does not run to the object. When the dog returns reward him if he has the object. Walk to the object you want your dog to fetch with your dog if he returns without the object. Point to the object and reward your dog the second he recognizes it. Repeat this process several times until the dog creates a positive association with the object you want him to fetch.
- Reinforce your training. Reinforce your training by randomly introducing the object you want your dog to fetch to your dog throughout the day. Always reward the dog the second he recognizes the object. Continue this procedure until the dog understands and associates himself with the object to fetch. Stop this after a day or two of training depending on your dogs learning curve.
- Some dogs, such as the Siberian Husky are especially intelligent. These dogs will often learn how to fetch after the second or third step of this guide.
- Other dogs may have a hard time learning to fetch, remember to constantly reward the dog when they recognize the object. Patient is key when teaching your dog how to fetch.