|Barked: Thu Feb 9, '12 2:42pm PST |
|I taught retrieve to Oats by trading treats for the ball when he put it in my hand. I used to do it for every retrieve. Once he was being really good at it, I started skipping some. You can make it every other, but I like to make it a little random like sometimes, he gets the treat and sometimes, he gets to fetch again. I try to give treats to every awesome retrieve he does come up with and now when I don't give treats at first, he gets more intense the next couple times, trying to win the treat. Keep sessions very short. I only toss up to five times with Oats most of the time.
One of his favorite games is for me to put him in a stay, toss the toy, and then say "Go get it! Fetch!" and he brings it back. He sometimes asks guests to play fetch for a few tosses, but then, he gets bored of the guest and goes to sleep in his crate until he feels like tug or getting a pat or two.
Keep doing with the treats until there's the muscle memory of run out, grab, and come back since it seems like it was working a bit. Oats brings a toy back every time I toss now. It took a lot of training since he's not natural at retrieving at all. You can also try a back-chained retrieve. I didn't use that bc I didn't know about it when I taught Oats to fetch, but it seems really cool and a good method. Basically, the best part of the fetch to the dog for a dog taught using back-chaining is the return-to-hand, so they can be very reliable.
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