My dream as a small boy was to get a dog that retrieved, yet when I got my first dog, she would not retrieve anything. The issue that I was experiencing was that my dog had an interest in the toy, but her fervour would fade right after I threw it. So I finally had enough, and started to research how to train my dog to retrieve, and I have found the solution!
Here is precisely how I have taught my dog to retrieve:
=> The first thing that you wish to do before you attempt any sort of training is to get your dog a toy that he totally loves. There are dozens upon dozens of different types of toys being sold on the market and in pet stores. Your dog will most likely like one sort of toy over all the others. Consider what kind of toy your dog loves the most. Does he prefer squeaky toys, fuzzy toys or rubber toys? By selecting a toy that your dog loves, he will be much more positive to retrieving it.
=> Once you’ve gotten your dog a toy that he likes, you will need to associate massive pleasure to playing with it. You can attain this by praising him with high energy whenever he plays with the toy. But in order to make a significant association, your level of energy and fervour must be thru the roof. By doing this, your dog will see his toy as something that makes you happy and have interaction with him and he's going to want to play with it more each day that goes by.
=> The final piece of the puzzle is to coach your dog to retrieve. The simplest way to do this is by rewarding your dog for partially retrieving his toy. That is correct! You don't have to wait until your dog actually retrieves the toy before it's possible to reward him. Begin by rewarding your dog for biting and picking up the toy. Then as your dog becomes more excited about picking up his toy, wait until he walks with it. Then as your dog learns what's needed of him, encourage him to walk over to you with the toy. Once he is accomplished this, give him a big jackpot of four to five treats in a row.
To sum up, the goal is to make a positive association to retrieving. This is accomplished by your dog feeling your fervour and getting tantalizing treats. The sole way your dog will ever retrieve anything for you is when he believes that it will be nice to do that.
This method has proven to work with my dogs and my friend’s dogs. Don't forget to be obstinate, happy and enthused when coaching your dog to retrieve.
Practice this with your dog each day, and often several times per day. This will work as long as you keep practicing it! I hope you will have a lot of fun with your dog and you teach him to retrieve lots of different toys.
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