Teaching your dog to bring you something can be helpful as well as offer fun and games for you both. Put your dog to work and make him your own personal little errand pup by teaching him to fetch and bring you various items around the house. Aside from being a fun party trick and impressing your friends, teaching your dog to fetch anything is useful, especially if you could use some extra help around the house. Some dogs like to fetch balls, and some like to fetch sticks. But imagine if you could teach your dog to fetch you the remote control while you are staying comfortably on the couch. Alternatively, imagine if you could teach your dog to bring you your newspaper or your slippers. Let the lazy Sundays begin as you put your dog to work and have a little fun at the same time.
Teaching the ‘fetch’ command is simple, however, to get your dog to fully understand your expectations you may want to break fetch down into a few different sections. You can start with a command of an item, so your dog understands what it is he is fetching. A ball, newspaper, slippers, remote control, stick, etc. are common items to ask your dog to bring to you. Once your dog understands the item he is holding, you will need to teach him to pick it up and then bring it to you. After he has it, you will need to teach him to give it to you or to drop it on command. Though fetching is not a complicated command, it will take some time to break these individual commands into smaller segments and focus on one at a time. Expect to spend several minutes a day on each command. As your dog gets used to each new command, build upon the fetch commands until your dog comprehends the whole thing as one whole fun game to play.
How can I teach Ivey to find and retrieve my phone?
Hello Nancy, First you need to teach Ivy what the word "phone" means. Do this by showing her the phone and giving her a treat for touching it. When she will touch it when you tell her "phone" and show it to her, then only give her a treat for putting it in her mouth. Practice that. As she improves, hold your hand with the phone in it further and further away so that she has to reach out and eventually walk over to it. When she will go a few feet towards the phone and pick it up in her mouth when you say "phone", then put the phone on the floor and practice telling her to pick it up off of the floor too. Gradually move the phone further and further away as she improves, when you practice. When she can retrieve the phone that's visible from another room when you say "phone" and point to it, then start to hide it part of the way. Hide it better and better until she learns to go look for it during practice sessions when you point and say "phone". If she struggles to find it after a couple of minutes, then show her where it is while she is still learning. When you hide the phone you will probably need to add scent to it so that she will be able to find it when it is truly lost. Choose something that is safe for the rubber to scent it with. Any fragrance that will stay on it or can be reapplied every few weeks, that you don't mind, that doesn't smell like most other items in the house will work. Once she can find it, then use one of the article's methods instructions to teach her to bring it to you also when she finds it. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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