Free Tips on How to Train Your Dog to Fetch

By: David Codr

Published Date: June 12, 2024

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For this Omaha dog training session we worked with 1 year-old Pointer mix Boone, showing his new family how to train your dog to fetch.

We helped Boone in multiple sessions. Our goal was to make him feel more comfortable meeting new people and stop barking at other dogs during walks. We also worked on teaching him impulse control and how to not get jealous when his owners speak with the neighbors. For our final training session we worked with Boone on the beloved owner-pet game, fetch.

How to Train Your Dog to Fetch

We started by talking about the importance of marker words and how much they can aid in training a canine companion. We also discussed the importance of praising good behavior and understanding dog body language.

It’s crucial to know when a dog is comfortable in order to create a positive training environment. Additionally, we covered the Relaxation Protocol, which is a helpful tool for calming anxious or hyperactive pups. We also discussed the Relaxation Protocol.

Not all dogs grasp the concept of fetch; some have no interest, while others are naturally excited for the thrill of pursuit. Your furry companion might relish the chase but lack the inclination to retrieve.

Patience and dedication are crucial when it comes to training a dog how to fetch. It might be a bit of a process, but it’s worth it for the extra playtime and bonding with your dog.

Being a Pointer mix, Boone has a lot of energy. On top of that, he’s a pretty smart dog. That combination often results in dogs who can get bored or distracted easily.

We went over a number of ways to satisfy Boone’s needs physically as well as mentally such as cookie in the corner. But really, there is no substitute for training a dog how to fetch.

Experts in canine psychology believe that playing fetch brings joy to dogs. This is because it activates the reward centers in their brains. This makes the game enjoyable for them. This might help to explain why dogs never seem to grow tired of playing fetch.

As Omaha’s resident dog behavior expert, I have found that helping a canine companion learn how to fetch is a wonderful activity that can allow your furry friend to release energy as well as help them develop some self control. If your furry friend has a lot of energy but doesn’t fetch the ball, watch the free positive training video below.

Is it Ever Too Late to Teach a Dog Fetch?

Dogs can learn to play fetch at any age—it’s never too late! While puppies or younger dogs might catch on faster, senior dogs can also excel at fetch with proper training. Puppies can start learning fetch as early as a few months old, but older furry friends can master the game just as effectively.

Since Boone is only a year old, it’s more likely that he’ll pick up the game of fetch relatively quickly.

Secret to Teaching a Dog to Fetch

To help a dog learn the fetch exercise, break it down into smaller steps and practice each one separately. This will make it easier for the dog to master the skill. Teach your pet to fetch by going slowly and using a marker word to reward them at their current level. Do not reward them based on the level you want them to be at.

Another tip for teaching a dog to fetch is to practice inside at first. There are fewer distractions and the confined environment makes it easier for you to help the pup learn what you want them to do. Practicing in a calm and quiet environment is a dog training secret the best trainers use to achieve faster results.

Your pup could be struggling with the game of fetch if they are not a fan of their fetch toys. Although it may seem unusual for an enthusiastic dog to ignore toys, some pups can be selective about their favorites.

If your furry friend doesn’t associate excitement with the ball or toy they’re supposed to fetch, they may show less interest in playing fetch. Try switching up what you and your canine are using during a game of fetch. If you’re trying to train with a tennis ball switch to a frisbee or vice versa.

If your pooch still doesn’t seem enthused about their fetch toys, it’s worth experimenting with different options to reignite their interest. Instead of simply tossing the toy, try varying the way you present it. You could throw the toy in different directions, use different throwing techniques, or even incorporate some interactive play before throwing it.

Training a Dog How to Fetch with Positivity

This was a great way to end this series of in-home dog behavior training sessions. Boone’s guardians were quite pleased at how quickly he picked up his fetch training.

Remember, teaching a pooch to fetch is a fantastic way for them to burn off some steam and learn a bit of self-control. Especially if you’ve got a hyperactive pup who doesn’t quite get the whole fetching thing. It’s common for our furry friends to enjoy the chase, but forget to grab the ball and bring it back.

Try to break down fetch into steps and practice them individually. This will help your furry friend learn easier.

Also, go slow, use marker words, and reward their current level, wherever that may be. Start indoors to minimize distractions and help them understand. Training in a calm environment leads to faster results. Always keep these training sessions fun and engaging for your canine companion.

We can’t wait to hear how Boone is improving with playing fetch and the other tricks and exercises we taught him and his dedicated guardians.

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This post was written by: David Codr