Playing fetch is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog. It also provides them with some valuable exercise that’s fun for everyone!
However, some dogs can make playing fetch difficult – some will chase after the toy but won’t bring it back. Others sit there confused wondering why you keep throwing the ball away!
Helping your dog to learn to retrieve and return a toy can be as simple as finding a toy he really likes and getting him to return it. You can later progress to a tennis ball or whatever it is you’d like to use.
Don’t hit the ball too far away but as you tap the ball shout ‘Fetch’ and let the dog run after it. As you progress you can hit the ball further and further away. Make sure to give plenty of praise and encouragement so they will bring the ball back.
If your dog is not returning with the ball, you can use a second ball hidden in your pocket. Get his attention and act as if you are just about to throw the second ball.
If this works, then your dog will drop the first one and come to you to play with the second. Not all dogs will respond to this so trial and error is needed to find out what suits your pet.
If you want to make it more fun and beneficial for you, race the dog to get to the ball first. Get creative and move yourself around, your dog can be your exercise buddy as well as your friend.
Make sure to be patient and set aside some time to train your pet. Follow the guidelines set out above and after a while you will both be enjoying some fun games of fetch.
Different dogs have different needs and their exercise needs vary greatly. If your pooch is overweight, we recommend you start off slowly and for shorter periods of time. You will then be able to build up to a more active, longer exercise play. Also make sure you are in a dog friendly safe place where your dog has room to run around. Don’t forget to always be prepared and bring your poop bags with you! Click here to learn about our new biodegradable poop bags.
If you have any questions on playing fetch with your pet, just call into your local Petworld Store where our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer your questions.