I was on my first lesson with a nice couple that had just adopted a three year old Golden Retriever. We went out in the backyard to do some obedience training and exercise with their dog. At one point, the wife picked up a tennis ball, got the dog excited and thread the ball. The Golden looked at the ball, looked at the wife and did not budge an inch toward the ball.
The wife, looking at her dog, looked at the ball and went to get the ball. When she got back I told her that it was all backwards, that when she throws the ball the dog is supposed to retrieve the ball. We both had a good laugh and started to teach her dog to fetch.
Teaching your dog to fetch is a wonderful activity. A dog that retrieves tend to get more exercise than a dog that does not. With a retriever, it's easy for you to just stand in one spot and throw a ball for your dog. A lot of dogs like to chase after the ball and bring it towards the owner. When the dog gets close enough, he / she starts to play keep away. You can get your dog to give you the ball by having two tennis balls with you.
Throw the first ball and let your dog go after it. When your dog starts to come towards you, ask your dog to "drop it." If your dog does not drop the ball, stop paying any attention to your dog and take out the second ball.
Start to have fun with the second ball. Toss it up in the air. Act like you're having a great time with the second ball. Keep doing this until your dog looks at you. If you've done this step correctly, your dog will drop the ball that he / she has and look up at the one you have.
As soon as your dog drops his / her ball, show the ball you're holding to your dog. As soon as your dog focuses on the ball that you're holding, throw it. Repeat the process when your dog comes back to you. Within a short period of time, you'll have your dog retrieving for you.
Dogs love chase games. When they have a ball in their mouth and you attempt to take it away from your dog, your dog will play keep away with the ball. You need to outsmart your dog by using the second ball.
Give it a try.
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