September 22nd 2009 12:37 pm
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Who woulda thunk a little labbie dog like me would be tapped as a guest lecturer? Well, it happened!
I am a student in Professor Chester's Canine Life Skills class. You can take a look at our previous classes.
He asked me to bark on my favorite thing in the whole wide world.
Here is my lecture. You can see my demonstration video on my page.
I Fetch Like a Fool and I Feel Fine!
Now, most dogs probably have a "fetch drive". If they don't, they probably had something traumatic happen to them when they were puppies. Maybe they were dropped on their heads or something. I don't know.
There are lots of different things we use when we fetch. You might prefer Frisbees. Some professional type dogs might use training decoys. If you are on a budget or out hiking you can grab a stick. Some dogs might fetch small children or kitty cats. I wouldn't recommend those last two items. Myself, I admit it. I have B.O.
There are many different kinds of balls available. Round balls. Flat balls. Smooth balls. Fuzzy balls. My ball of choice is an inexpensive tennis ball. They are light enough for a person to lob for you. I don't think a bowling ball would make a good choice for fetching. You wouldn't want someone to get hurt. That would end the game real fast.
Let's get right to technique because it is so important. You see, you have to train your person how to play!
What is a game of fetch if there is no one to throw the ball for you? Right, boor-ring.
So here we go.
You get your stick or ball or what have you. You find an accommodating, playful person. Now get this, it is important. You lay the ball within their reach. We don't want this to become a game of tug-o-war. And if your person has to walk any distance to pick up the ball, we are defeating the purpose of the game. *We* are to fetch, the person doesn't want to have to fetch the ball. Your person may say something like "drop it" or "release". Whatever they say be sure you place the ball within their reach. They will soon learn that you want them to throw the ball. Most humans pick up on this very quickly.
Here is where it gets exciting! As soon as they throw the ball or frisbee, you run, run, run! Go get it! Run like the dog catcher is after you!
You might work on catching the ball in mid-air but I caution you. I know of dogs who have injured themselves this way. You don't want the game to end due to a trip to the emergency vet.
I prefer to catch the ball as it rolls along the ground. Watch out for obstacles. You might have your eye on the ball and run smack dab into a tree!
When you have the ball firmly in your mouth, return to the person playing with you. Repeat the "drop it" near their feet. I have found most people lazy in this regard. They want you to bring the ball right to them. They don't want to walk to you. The game will continue much more quickly if you put the ball at their feet. They will soon catch on that you want them to throw the ball again.
Throw, chase, retrieve, return, repeat. Repeat and repeat as long as the daylight lasts and you can still see the ball or the person has to go ice their arm, whichever comes first.
It is good to take a break every now and then. Please keep hydrated!
You can even play your fetch game inside. I use a soft egg shaped squeaky ball. Nothing gets broken when Mom, who does throw like a girl, plays with me inside.
There you have it. That is it in a nutshell.
I Fetch Like a Fool and I Feel Fine!
BOL!! My Momma frows wike a gurl, tu!! Imagine da odds!
By George, Doctor Watson, I believe you have the process down pat!!!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!!!!
As a self-professed B.O.'er, I couldn't have said it better myself!
You did an excellent job, Tux!!I think you will definitely earn your B.O.Phd!
Prof. Chester, glowing with pride