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Fetch is Fun--Water or Land
Once he is returning the ball to you and releasing it, make sure to:
- Get him to sit
- Have him wait for the throw
- Now begin to correlate the command "Fetch" with the toss. If this is a new word for your dog, don't expect him to connect the dots immediately. It may take a week or two. There's no hurry.
- One more fine point on that note. It your dog is so well behaved that he does not take off after the throw when you say "Fetch", he may need a quick release command first, and then the "Fetch" can trail behind. He'll get the connection soon enough. It's actually a good thing if he's hesitant to run before you give permission, so please don't scold over that. If it's a problem, you may want 2 or 3 toys to toss in case it takes a few tries to get him moving. Some dogs' rock solid stay may be stronger than their desire to chase. That can be a very good thing in other activities, so go with it and use his release command.
- The Weekly Wag Fetch training series has a prize sponsor. You can view the prizes and enter to win here.
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- I suppose now you're wondering what the prize is. I consulted with Tanner and Oliver regarding our weekend road trip, one of our favorite ways to bond. We've decided the following prize is suitably themed: a Subaru, Dog Tested, Dog Approved travel blanket with bedroll straps and handle, a Mankinddog travel bowl for parched pups on the road (we like ice cubes for less mess), and the necessary poop bags for the trip, thanks to our Eco-friendly sponsor, Flush Puppies.
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