Teach your dog to fetch and you will spend many happy hours playing and bonding with your Golden.
That is, of course, if you can teach him to drop the object when and if he brings it back!
Golden puppies love to hear praise, and love to spend time with you, so to teach your dog to fetch is the simple part.
To teach them fetch, while you are petting them, get their attention by slowly rolling a tennis ball, back and forth on the floor, between your hands.
A dog will naturally go to the ball and join in on this fun game you seem to be playing. Do this a few times and allow your dog to beat you to it, as if it is a contest.
Then roll it a few feet away from you. He will go after it to fetch it, but do not praise him as he goes. When he gets it in his mouth, then praise him. He will come to you with it still in his mouth, just to see why you are so excited.
If you try to praise him while he is still on his way to the ball, he may instead turn around and come back to you to see what you are so happy about, forgetting all about it.
While he has it in his mouth, put your hand on it, as you are telling him “good dog”. Then you will probably have to pry the ball loose from his grip.
As soon as you get it pried away from him, immediately roll it again, making sure you are not rolling it very far away.
You want him to understand that even though he had to give the toy up, you allowed him to go right back to playing with it again. This is the beginning of how to teach your dog to fetch.
After a few times of this, use the command, “Fetch“, or “Get the ball”, which is what I say. It really doesn’t matter what words you choose, just so you are consistent in using them.
Always end the game with your dog having the ball, not you. When you are done playing, roll it one last time, tell him to fetch, and leave him to play with it on his own. He will start bringing you the ball in the future to try and get you to play.
When he has learned that bringing the item to you is fun, you need to start teaching him the command, “Drop It”.
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