The sun is shining and the air is warm. It's the perfect day! You grab your pooch and head to the nearest park for some mid-day fun. Once in the park, you let your dog run free. She turns back to look at you. In your hands, you have a ball. The dog is bouncing all around, super excited about the round object of joy in your palm.
You wind up, and throw that sucker as far as you can! You stand there, watching the ball soar through the air. So does your dog. And then you realize, your dog has no idea how to catch a ball.
Many a pup-owner has sat there, wondering in disbelief why their game of catch only lasted one throw. The fact is, lots of dogs don't just “know" how to catch a ball. They have to be taught this trick, and they have to be shown that bringing the ball back to you means even more fun.
But don't worry too much, most dogs figure this one out fairly quickly. Be prepared to spend multiple sessions over several days to help your pooch “catch” on. Sessions should be short and fun. This training is appropriate for all ages of canine, so whether you have a puppy or a senior, go for it!
There are a few things that you should go and get before you begin your catch classes. They are as follows:
Rarely, a dog won't catch because he is feeling lethargic or ill. If this is the case, do not push him to play. Seek medical attention from your vet to help make him more comfortable.
Below are some easy methods that you can use to get your furbaby catching balls in no time! Don't feel that you have to use just one; try out all of them if you're feeling up to it.