You’ve had a long day at work, you’re feeling lazy and you want to simply lie on the couch and chill out with an episode of Judge Judy. While you want to play with your canine pal and give him the odd treat, you don’t want to get up and feed him. You want to throw the treats and see him catch them in the air. It would also make a for a neat trick when family and friends are over. Once he can catch a treat he can catch a whole range of things. That means when your kids won’t eat their vegetables at dinner at least they can get rid of them without you having him causing havoc under the table.
Teaching him a fun trick like this will also make teaching him a range of other things easier too. It will keep his mind active and ensure he remains eager to learn and please.
The good news is that it’s pretty easy to train your dog to catch treats. If he’s young and agile he will probably respond to training in just a day or two. If he’s older and not quite the acrobatic king he once was then he may need a few more days to catch on. Because this trick relies on food and I’m yet to meet a dog who doesn’t have a never-ending appetite, it’s quick and easy to incentivize them.
Training consists mainly of hurling treats at him, making it significantly more entertaining than a lot of the training needed for other commands! While it’s a fun treat to demonstrate when you have friends and family over, it’s also a good way of helping him dispense some of that endless energy. If he comes back from walks still full of life, a quick game of ‘catch the treat’ will soon have him ready to retire for a nap.
Before you begin training you will need a few things. The most important training component will be a large supply of treats. If you don’t want to use treats, you can break his favorite food into small pieces.
You’ll also need some space to practice in; a large room or a yard works well. Try and avoid training in a room with lots of furniture, or in 10 years' time, you might move a couch to find some moldy doggie treats underneath.
Once you have the above just bring a can-do attitude and you’re ready to begin!