A dog who can gather golf balls from the greens is a great dog to have on the course. Small local courses might have a golf ball fetching dog to help collect all the lost balls. Golfers know just how expensive golf balls are. And though they might not want to admit to just how many they lose in a year, or even in one game, golfers will tell you how happy they are when they can find their ball or get replacements for cheap. Some golf clubs use golf dogs to gather all the lost balls and then resell them to golfers for less than a new ball. This is especially useful for those golfers who lose their balls frequently. And to top it all off, teaching your dog to gather balls from the course, could save the course owner time, help the keep the course clean, and add some cash to your pocket. Some course owners and managers will use golf dogs to gather balls and then sell them, giving proceeds to charity.
Training your dog to be a great golf course dog will be fairly simple if he is a curious pup with all the basic and some advanced commands in his arsenal. You will want him to be able to roam freely along the course, have manners to interact with players or employees, and show the ability to search, find, and retrieve.
Have some patience with your dog while training him to find golf balls. To help him succeed, have a place for him to put the balls once he has found them. Provide lots of yummy treats to reward him for a job well done. Before you set your dog free on a golf course, be sure to spend time with him finding golf balls together. And it shouldn’t need to be said, but always get permission from the course owner before you and your dog visit. If you live near a golf course and often find balls near your home but off the course, you could start by gathering in these areas first. You will want a curious dog who is eager to learn and please.
You will need:
- Golf balls to introduce to your dog.
- Treats for good behavior.
- If your dog is not a well-mannered, free-roaming dog, you may want to start on a leash.
- If you clicker train, be sure to have to clicker for each training session.
- Be patient and have fun.