Tip – 30 – Dog training – Playing fetch
DOGS THAT FETCH A BALL OR TOY, BUT WON’T BRING IT BACK
Lots of dogs will chase after a ball or other retrieving toy, but when they get it they not only won’t bring it back, but actually run away from you with it when you try to get it back. Actually, the dog has simply taken charge of the game and changed the rules from “fetch” to “tag” or “keep away.” If you want the dog to actually retrieve you must change the game a little so that you are in control. When the toy is thrown, tell the dog, “Take it”. As soon as the dog takes the toy in his mouth and looks at you, turn and run in the opposite direction. Most dogs will dash after you to try to catch up. When he gets near, take the toy, give him some praise and a treat, and immediately throw the toy again to keep the game going.