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Friday, March 23, 2012

Weekly Wag #13: Extra Credit Fetch!

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
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Tanner Snags Orbee

Today's topics are for you Fetch fanatics out there like Tanner. I've got some fun games you can use to make the game a little more brain work for your dog:

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  • After teaching your dog the names of several fetch toys, use this knowledge to expand the game.
  • Ask your dog to Fetch a particular toy from a selection you toss. Just sitting still while you sail toys over his head is a job in itself. Now, can your Fido get the right toy?
  • When your dog masters collecting each toy by name, begin combining your requests: Fetch 'Red' AND 'Gator'. Next Fetch 'Gator' AND 'Donut'. You get the idea.
  • How many toys can your dog pick up at once? Challenge him to bring you several at one time and watch him get creative. Tanner once returned with 'Donut' around his snout, so that photo ended up gracing the header of 5 Minutes for Fido.
  • Finally, our latest game is 'Clean up the pool'. I toss 4 or 5 toys in at one time and tell him to Fetch. Then I go inside and watch through the window. Tanner has learned that I don't come back out until he retrieves ALL the toys from the pool. He places them by the door so I can easily toss them again when I return. He's very proud of this game!
Weekly Wag ButtonWhat games have you created for your Fetch maniac? I'd love to hear your ideas and may even include some in a future Weekly Wag. Share your games in the comment box below.

Have you entered our Weekly Wag group? Next week I'll be announcing the winner of 10 Floatimals  fetch toys from our Weekly Wag Fetch Series sponsor, Petmate. You can enter the giveaway at this link.

Next week I'll be announcing winners of the Floatimals as well as moving on to a new Weekly Wag topic. I have some ideas, but will entertain requests as well. Anytime you have an idea, go ahead and leave it in the comments section. You never know what I'll come up with. :)

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Anonymous said...

Hey it's Jet here. Mom says I need special tutoring! We love reading your topics, wish we could learn them as fast as you post them!

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Vet said...

Wow, Tanner is super smart!

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

@Jet: Just keep at it and you'll get there. The fun is in the journey!

Sage said...

Sounds like a good game! Our Maggie used to be able to do that quite easily, but Sage isn't there yet.

Kolchak Puggle said...

This has been a great series! Once our yard dries out a titch, we're going to put it to good use and work on our fetching skills :0)

cdmtx said...

Tanner is one smart puppy :) Spaz is pretty good at it but YoYo only fetches 'his' Toybreed kong Ball - i think its because most of the toys are to big or heavy for him ...

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