Teaching your dog to catch food is a fun trick to try. Some dogs struggle with his trick, but for many, it is one of the easiest. Your dog is motivated to learn to catch food in his mouth because he gets a reward while he's doing the trick. Teaching your dog to catch food is an opening trick to teaching him to catch other larger objects like tennis balls and Frisbees. Some dogs, however, will watch a treat bounce right off their nose and then pick it up off the ground once it has settled. Giving your dog the fabulous idea of catching food becomes easier when he realizes it's a game for you both. You can turn your dog into a treat and food-catching dog with just a few hours of repetitive training.
Training your dog to catch food is one of the more simple tricks as long as your dog is open to doing it. If you’ve tossed food at your dog and it hit his face and bounced to the ground, giving him a free on-the-ground treat, he probably won't be very motivated to learn to catch food. On the other hand, if you toss food his way it, watch it bounce off of his face and hit the ground, but grab it before he can gobble it up, he may be more motivated to catch it in his mouth before you can get your hands on it. Not all dogs are natural at jumping up and catching food, so be prepared with some patience and dedication. Your dog may become bored with the idea of catching food if he's not a natural catcher and isn't rewarded for his efforts. Entice your dog with delicious treats and have fun with this one. Teaching your dog to catch food is easy with a little bit of repetition and dedication.
To teach your dog to catch food you will need some tasty treats to toss to his way. Try to start with a delicious treat such as a beef jerky or small bits of cheese before moving on to something harder like peanuts. Expect a lot of these treats to fall to the ground, so you may want a buddy to help gather the treats that fall before your dog has gobbles them up.