It might be your job to feed your dog every day, but why not have a little fun at mealtime? Imagine how much easier it would be at dinner time if you could teach your pup to bring you his bowl instead of having to go get it yourself. A great training tool is to teach your dog to recognize the names of different objects such as his bowl, a ball, or his favorite toy.
What you may not realize is that your dog probably already knows several words such as his name and command words like sit, stay, come, fetch, drop it, and of course "No!" Perhaps he also knows “outside” and “walkies” too, so with this in mind and a dog that already knows these basic commands, training him to fetch you his bowl should go relatively smoothly.
The idea here is to teach your pup to bring you his bowl when he is hungry. The command could be as simple as saying "Dinner time!" You can teach any age dog to do this trick as long as he is old enough and big enough to carry his own food dish. This trick is not so much an important one for you to teach him so much as it is a fun one for him to learn.
How much time training your dog to bring you his bowl will take depends on several factors. These include things like whether your dog already knows how to "Fetch", the age of your dog, and of course how much time you have to spend training him. The most important thing to remember is that training your dog to perform any type of trick is going to take time and requires tons of patience and, of course, an ample supply of treats.
It doesn't take much to get started training your dog to bring you his bowl. Here are a few things you might find come in handy:
Treats: To reward him when he gets things right.
Patience: It will take time for your dog to get this trick down.
Peace and quiet: Training your dog to do just about anything is best done when it is quiet in your home so there are fewer distractions.
The right command: Choose a simple command such as "Dinner Time!" or perhaps "Fetch me your bowl!" and stick to it. Be sure the whole family uses the same command.
The best advice is to make training your dog to fetch his bowl fun for both of you. Not only will this make training more enjoyable, but it often helps dogs to learn more quickly.
They don’t understand
Hello Emily, Which method are you using and which step are they struggling with? Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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