Getting Started Week 42 - Go Fetch
Not every breed will retrieve or even chase a ball. Some
breeds - such as retrievers - will retrieve an object and bring it to
you with little or no instruction. You can teach your puppy to "fetch" if
you go very slowly and make this game fun.
by getting your puppy's most favorite possessions such as bones, toys, or
balls. Make sure you have at least two to start. Squeaky toys work
great for those canines that like that sort of thing. Begin by
getting your your puppy's attention and showing your excitement about
playing a game.
Call your puppy to you. As soon as your puppy looks at your -
praise. Your goal is to get the puppy to come to you. Show the
first toy. Praise the puppy for coming to you. When the puppy gets
there, give a wonderful back rub and praise. Then, throw another toy just a few
feet away from you. If your puppy goes anywhere near the toy, praise
enthusiastically. Think of the game - warmer, warmer,
(colder, colder) when you begin to shape a new behavior.
Praise more enthusiastically for the behaviors you are encouraging.If your puppy picks up the toy - increase your praise and enthusiasm. If your puppy brings the toy to you, give a tasty treat and really fuss
over this performance.
The MOST important thing to know about teaching "fetch" is
- do NOT take away the
toy - as a result of the retrieve. (That's a loss not a win for
your puppy.) Instead, give your puppy something wonderful to show your
appreciation for the retrieve. Say, "Go fetch!" enthusiastically as you throw
the ball or toy. Stop after just a few repetitions to
keep the game fresh and interesting.
Keep this goal in mind. You want your puppy to learn how fun it is to
chase an object and return to you, and even more fun when he/she brings
back the object to you. Remember, all learning is trial and
error. Keep it fun!
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