4 Tips for Training a Dog to Play Fetch

Fetch is great game for pups and owners
Fetch can be one of the most fun games to play with your dog. But, it can also be one of the most frustrating games if your dog doesn't understand the game. Many times, owners expect their dogs to understand the game and how it should be played right off the bat. However, this is unrealistic. Dogs need to be trained- just like with anything else- so the games will go smoothly.

Common Problems
When a game of fetch goes awry, it usually boils down to some pretty common problems. Some of these include:

  • A dog that doesn't want to chase the ball or play the game.
  • Dogs that run after their toys, but leave them lying on the ground.
  • Dogs that won't bring the toy back. Sometimes, they even run in the opposite direction with the toy.
  • Dogs that retrieve the toy, bring it back, but refuse to drop it.
Fortunately, for each of these circumstances, there is a remedy.

1. Find a Good Toy

Kong Dog Toys are great for playing fetch.
For some dogs, playing a game of fetch is as boring as watching Little House on the Prairie. That is why it is so important to have the proper dog toy. Currently, there are dozens to choose from; some of which are specifically designed for fetch. For extreme nay-saying dogs, try a Kong Dog Toy. Kong Dog Toys can be filled with treats, something that is sure to rile a dog up.

2. Use a Leash
Some dogs just don't want to bring their toy back. For these pups, owners can use a dog leash to help smooth this out. Begin by tossing your dog's toy just a pace or two away. When he retrieves it, gently pull him back as he holds on to his toy. Do this for a while (this is especially effective when he is a puppy) and slowly increase the distance of your throws while simultaneously increasing the slack of his leash. In no time, you will have a dog that has been properly trained to bring his toy back.

3. Dog Treats!!!
Tugging at your dog's toy for a couple of seconds can be fun, but after a little bit of play, you'll want the toy to be dropped. Some dogs refuse because they want to play tug-of-war. Unfortunately, this is only fun for them. For these dogs, using a dog treat is the key. When your pup brings back his toy, hold out a treat and watch him instantly drop his toy. Almost no dog can resist. After a while, you will be able to wean him off of the treats and have a fun game of fetch going.

4. Take Me to Puppy Town
Like any type of training, starting when your dog is just a puppy is always best. He will not have to unlearn old habits, and all of the prior tips will sink in a whole lot easier. More than anything, playing fetch is about having fun. So, take these tips and have a ball.

By: Tim Snyder
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