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.