For most people, fetch is a synonym for dog training. Dogs and puppies actually bring back the ball, Frisbee, or stick just so you can throw it again. Fetch or retrieval is a natural instinct for dogs and they like to retrieve, or at least chase, a variety of objects, understanding this as a self-rewarding activity. Most dogs already know many of the different component behaviors of retrieving, but few know them all. Some people see this as their entertainment, like a circus show, but for other, fetch is a serious type of training, especially for hunting dogs, when retrieving game.


What does fetch mean exactly?

Throw your dog a ball or shooting of game and the dog retriever. Simpler cannot be! But if we analyze the phase of this process, we will see that retrieval essentially involves several separate actions: going to the object, picking it up, holding it, walking with and carrying the object, bringing it back and giving it up.

You can buy equipment needed for fetch at different online stores or in your local pet store. Than need to get one that is commensurate with the size of your dog and the shape of his mouth. You can also purchase plastic dumbbells; they last a lot longer than wooden ones, but the most of the trainers found that dogs take more readily to wooden dumbbells than to plastic ones.


How to train a dog to fetch

Successful retrieving training step by step

For this type of training, more than others, it is necessary to go step by step. The biggest mistakes trainers make when teaching force retrieve is skipping steps and moving ahead before the dog is absolutely solid on each step.

The ideal time to start teaching your dog to retrieve is when he is hungry before you feed him.


1. Take it!

The first step for fetch is to teach retrieving on command. The easiest way to overcome this is to take food in front of the dog (at distance up to 15 ft) and offer it to him with the authoritative command “Take it!”. This exercise should be repeated until dog readily opens his mouth to get the food.


2. Give!

As soon as the dog has an inkling of what the command “Take it” means, you are ready to introduce him to his dumbbell. Gently open your dog’s mouth and place the dumbbell in his mouth with the command “Take it.” In this steps, the dog must to connect command “Take it” with a dumbbell. After that, the dog has to teach reaction to command “Give”. Just say “Give” and take the dumbbell out of his mouth. The goal is for the dog to take the dumbbell voluntarily in his mouth when you give the command (do not forget the reward!).


3. Hold it!

In this phase, your dog must understand what you want him to do with the dumbbell after he has it in his mouth. You want him to hold the dumbbell in his mouth and not spit it out before you give the “Give” command. So, put the dumbbell into his mouth and say, “Hold it.” Keep the upper part of your body straight so you don’t hover or lean over him.


4. Pick up!

The next step you must to explain to your dog what you expect when the dumbbell is thrown. Place the dumbbell on the ground but keep your hand on it. First, hold your hand 2 inches, and after that gradually increase the distance up to 12 inches away from the dumbbell until you can place it on the ground and stand up straight (reward, reward, reward!!!). If your dog does not pick up the dumbbell from the ground, lightly twist the collar until he picks it up.


Using dog training collar for fetch

The shock collar could be a great tool to aid in the force retrieve process. The dog should be collar conditioned using a command other than fetch. There are a few models of shock collars designed for fetch training, especially for hunting dogs.

Due to the fact that during this training a dog can not endanger other people or his live, the lowest stimulation on shock collar that gets any response should be used. Start each step by applying stimulation first then command. The dog already knows the command so it should respond. Keep using stimulation before the command until the dog takes the object as soon as it feels stimulation. Once the dog takes the object using stimulation only. You can start giving the command before stimulation. And finally, command and only stimulate if the dog refuses. When you apply stimulation the dog will absolutely know what it is being corrected for. For full effect, the using low stimulation level is enough.