Thursday, October 30, 2008

Training Your Dog to Fetch in Simple Steps

Teaching your dog to fetch is a great way to burn off some of the energy that your dog might have. It is a simple game, and probably the most well known of all dog games, but does require a bit of training for the dog to get right. If used properly then you can extend the length of the walk by getting your dog to run all over the place. However if your dog isn't trained to fetch you will find yourself spending more time looking for the ball then giving the dog exercise.

When training your dog you will be using treats, so don't try training after meals when the dog isn't hungry. Also never train a tired dog as it is likely to end in frustration when the dog can't seem to take anything in. The most important tool in dog training is patience, so don't get angry if your dog doesn't get the game right away.

Start off by training in a controlled environment such as your living room, and throw a ball or toy a small distance away. When your dog picks it up, praise him until he comes back to you. You want the dog to come right to you and allow you to take the ball back.

Another command that could be introduced is the "give" command. When you take the ball from the dog say "give" so that the dog begins to know it has to give whatever it is holding to you on this command.

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Richard Cross is owner of the Pets Clinic website. Pets clinic provides health information and advice about all kinds of pets, with new articles added daily.

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