Some dogs have a natural instinct to chase and retrieve objects.
On the other hand, many dogs don't understand 'fetch' because they think that by bringing the ball back to their owner that the game will be over and they won't be able to have any more fun.
When you train your dog do to this, key is to show the dog that the fun is increased by bringing the ball or toy back time and time again.
Here are some useful tools for training your dog to fetch: - First, it helps to have a dog with a natural drive to play fetch.
Many dog weren't bred to chase and retrieve objects and therefore don't have any natural desire.
Chasing and retrieving is largely a motivational behavior and it helps to do it with dog that already enjoy chasing a toy.
However, if you don't have a dog with this natural drive, all is not lost.
- Start out with two ball or toys and a long leash of about twenty feet or so.
Hold one of the ball while the other is in your pocket.
Get your dog interested in one of the ball by waving it back and forth.
Hold onto the long line and toss the ball about 10 feet away.
- Allow your dog to chase and grab the ball.
As he grabs the ball use the long line to reel him back in like a fish.
As he gets close immediately remove the other ball from your pocket.
Get him interested in the other ball.
- As he drops the ball in his mouth to go after the ball in your hand immediately toss your ball in a new direction.
Repeat the same exercise as before.
- As time goes on your dog will learn this 'two ball game' and will eagerly return his ball and drop it in anticipation of getting the next ball.
Be patient and you will learn to quickly train a dog to fetch.