While there are some dogs that just seem to intrinsically understand the sport and will automatically chase and retrieve whatever item you use the first time you try, most dogs don't. They sit and stare at you, wondering why you'd decide to throw away a perfectly good toy, or they chase after the thing but do not “grab” it, or bring it back.
So what can you do to help your puppy learn the game like a pro? Listed below are six proven tips.
Start with pursuing
If your dog is of the “sit and stare” variety, your first aim is to instruct him to chase after the thing you want him to bring. Broadly speaking, there are 3 ways to do so, depending upon what motivates your puppy: you can provide him affection, treats, or perform for regaining the chosen object.
Whichever motivator you use, the procedure is fundamentally the same. Invite your puppy to go after the thing you want him to bring. When he catches it, reward him with his motivator of selection, then take the thing away. Do this a few times, then throw the object close by. When your dog chases it, immediately reward him again. Repeat the procedure until you can reliably throw the item and get him to chase it.
Add Additional motivation
If you want to encourage your dog to chase even more? Consider holding her back after throwing the toy. She will naturally tug against you, especially if you offer verbal encouragement whilst still holding her back. When you finally let go, she will be after the thing like a rocket.
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