Having your newspaper delivered to you every day is exciting enough because you get to sit in your pajamas and slippers and drink a cup of coffee while you catch up on the day's news. What could be better than that? Having your dog deliver the newspaper directly to you, so your neighbors do not have to see you standing in your bathrobe and your slippers spilling coffee all over your feet while you bend over and pick up the newspaper could be better than just having a newspaper delivered to your door. Teaching your dog to fetch the newspaper for you can be not only helpful and beneficial, but also a fun trick to teach your dog. Your dog will be pleased to do something nice for you, and he will enjoy the rewards he receives.
Teaching your dog to fetch a newspaper is a useful trick and can be carried across to items other than a newspaper. Be sure your dog knows basic commands, such as sit and stay, and is familiar with placing items in his mouth. Practicing fetch with a ball or a toy will help prepare your dog to fetch a newspaper. You will need to teach your dog what it is he needs to get, how to pick it up, how to bring it back to you, and to drop it at your feet once he has it. Work with your dog in short training sessions of about 5 to 10 minutes apiece each day for several weeks.
To teach your dog to fetch a newspaper, you are going to need some yummy treats to entice him and reward him for positive behavior. Be prepared to teach fetching a newspaper in several phases, starting with mouthing an object and ending with giving it to you. Be sure to practice each new step every day so your dog becomes more familiar with your expectations.