Introduce the fetch command gradually. Dogs learn best when they feel no pressure.
Opt for toys your dog can easily grip and carry. Tennis balls are a classic favorite.
Reward your furry friend with treats or affection when they bring the item back. Reinforce the connection between the command and a positive experience.
Keep training sessions short but consistent. Dogs thrive on routine and repetition.
Get involved in the game. Your dog is more likely to fetch if they see it as a shared activity.
Shower your dog with praise each time they successfully fetch. Positive reinforcement goes a long way.
Never force your dog to fetch. It should be an enjoyable experience, not a chore.
Choose a quiet environment initially. As your dog masters fetch, you can gradually introduce distractions.