August 17, 2008

How do I get my dog to fetch?

Newly rescued bulldog loves playing fetch, kinda. He loves chasing after the ball, then walks back halfway very very slowly. Sometimes he just chases after it and stops once he gets there.

The other problem is he hates to give the ball back. I started encouraging him back to me (by running away from him), then making him sit down and demanding the ball from him. Most of the time I've had to pretty much take it out of his mouth, but lately I've started to treat him in exchange for the ball. It's still hard to get it off him, and he still sometimes grabs it.

Any tips on how to get him to fetch, and how to get him to give it back more willingly, and be less aggressive around the tennis ball?

You can try this, and see if the simplest method works..Just Turn your back and walk away. Never chase him to get it back..This will often make the dog realize that play time is over if he will not give the ball back to you.
However, if that doesn't work after just a couple of tries,
Another method is to begin training using a two ball method.

Use 2 balls. Throw one and hide the other behind your back. When your dog gets close with the first ball, whip out the one behind your back.

Most dogs will then drop the first and chase after the second. You MUST wait until your dog drops the first one before throwing the second . Eventually the dog will come and drop it, anticipating the second ball.

Eventually you can go to using one ball and he will soon be enthusiastic about retrieving it..

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December 6, 2006

~DJ~ :) @ 11:06 pm

It sounds like you're doing everything right. I'm a dog obedience instructor and they're they sort of things I'd suggest to you. Try using something else for him to fetch instead. Try a dumbell - here's an example:
http://www.dog-toy.co.uk/dogproducts/?product=2
Or you could make your own with a round bit of wood in the middle with two square bits on the end. This makes it easier for you to take it out of his mouth too.
Also, try looking at this website - even though it's the golden retriever site, it's still helpful
http://www.grcv.org.au/training/dumbell.htm
Good luck!!
References :
I'm a dog obeience instructor.
http://www.dog-toy.co.uk/dogproducts/?product=2
http://www.grcv.org.au/training/dumbell.htm

EJB @ 11:16 pm

I taught my dogs how to fetch by giving them a treat and a lot of praise when they brought back their toy and gave it to me. This way they know that they get something out of giving you their toy and they have to let go of the toy in order to eat the treat. After awhile they will play fetch with out the treat. My dogs want to play fetch all the time, sometimes they will play "tug" with the toy for a few seconds before finally giving it to me. Once your bulldog sees that you are wanting to play with him and that you are not just trying to take something away, he will begin enjoying fetch. From my experience this method is fool proof ; ) Good Luck!
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chetco @ 11:21 pm

You can try this, and see if the simplest method works..Just Turn your back and walk away. Never chase him to get it back..This will often make the dog realize that play time is over if he will not give the ball back to you.
However, if that doesn't work after just a couple of tries,
Another method is to begin training using a two ball method.

Use 2 balls. Throw one and hide the other behind your back. When your dog gets close with the first ball, whip out the one behind your back.

Most dogs will then drop the first and chase after the second. You MUST wait until your dog drops the first one before throwing the second . Eventually the dog will come and drop it, anticipating the second ball.

Eventually you can go to using one ball and he will soon be enthusiastic about retrieving it..
References :
dog breeder since 1968

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