Who is this for?
This activity particularly suits active dogs and is good for humans that aren't super enthused about going for a good run with their pups. Even if you have a dog that has been banned from the dog park, you can give him a good run right in the comfort of your backyard. Most dogs will learn to fetch a ball. A lot of hunting breed dogs (especially pointers and retrievers) take to fetching a ball like a duck takes to water, and border collies usually love a game of ball. Most other dogs readily learn this fun game.
Human doesn't need to do much
Can be done at home or at an off leash area
What you will Need
A rubber Chuckit Ball, a Hockey Ball or a tennis ball
An open area
A dog that comes back when he's called
Some tiny soft treats to teach this
How To Teach Your Dog To Fetch a Ball:
- Playfully Tease the dog with a treat and give it to him as he follows your hand around but doesn't bite at it. Repeat about 5 times.
- Now do the same thing with the ball, and give it to him.
- Tease him with the ball, but this time toss it a few feet away.
- When he gets it say "Good Fetch Whatyername!"
- When he drops it close to you, give him a treat and praise
- Repeat 5 times
- Gradually toss the ball a little further each time
- To keep him interested, stop playing after about ten minutes. You can play a little longer next time.