If there is one game that most dogs love to play, it has to be fetch. Not only is fetch a lot of fun to play, it's a great chance for your pup to get plenty of exercise. It is also a wonderful way for you to bond with your Chihuahua. One of the most common misconceptions is that Chihuahuas, along with many other smaller dogs, can't learn to play fetch.
There is nothing further from the truth, in fact, your Chihuahua can not only be taught to play fetch, but you can bet he will most certainly love playing fetch with you and the rest of your family. Chihuahuas are, like most dogs, motivated by two things. The first, quite obviously, is food in any form. For this training, you will be using your pup's favorite treats as rewards. The other is praise and affection, both of which you will also be using as part of the training process.
Chances are good that the only reason why your pup won't play fetch with you, is simply that you have not yet taken the time to teach him. Fetch is a very simple game, you toss out a ball or toy and your pup is supposed to go after it and bring it back to you. Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? In all reality, the concept is simple, and it really doesn't need to take that long to learn. With a little time, effort and patience, you and your pup will soon be playing fetch every time you get chance.
Worth noting is that you will get much further in your training session if you use positive reinforcement. You should never punish your dog or yell at him. Instead, be ready with plenty of praise and a healthy supply of his favorite treats when he gets the training right
It really doesn't take much to start training your Chihuahua to play fetch with you once he has mastered the four basic commands of 'come', 'sit', 'stay', and 'down'. You are going to need a few supplies to help with this training. Among them are
The only other things you are likely to need are plenty of space to work in and lots of time and patience. It should only take you a few weeks for your pup to master this skill. The best part is that once he has learned to play fetch, your pup will want to play it all the time.