Ready for a Fetch Game, Tanner?
As I write this, I'm preparing to head out for Global Pet Expo, the largest pet product expo in the country. It's an exciting time for pet product makers with new product announcements, awards for best new products and lots of demonstrations and samples to look at.
Walking into the convention center, I can always feel the excitement; the thrill of what's new is palpable. Come Saturday when I get home it will be time for this column, so I'm getting a head start.
Today I'll be visited by one of my favorite people, Missy Johnson. Missy is the mastermind behind the Dogs for the PAWS project, as well as an amazing artist and the blogger behind the Bassett trio on Twitter, @RuffDogPlay. This week's convention will be her first and I'm excited to see her enthusiasm. Tanner and Oliver are planning a meeting during which Tanner intends to entice her into a good Fetch game.
When Tanner requests a Fetch demo, it's always a compliment. He doesn't perform for just anybody--LOL! As a result, bonding occurs even more deeply with him when I have the opportunity to share his skills with a good friend. Tanner and I can enjoy the game, not anxious about his performance, but rather simply enjoying the fun of it. We're in tune with one another and he stays focused better when he can see that I'm not nervous, anxious or worried.
Do you play Fetch with your dog? Any dog can learn to enjoy Fetch when given the right motivation. Even Oliver will fetch a toy that has a treat in the middle. He's very food motivated, so if I want his cooperation I need only bring out the snacks and I have his total and undivided attention.
Tanner is another story. He loves the game for what it is. I guess it's the Retriever in him--DNA in action. This is the job his breed was bred for and he demonstrates it well. I hear a car in the driveway and Tanner is preparing to open the door to our visitor; it's showtime!
This week's Weekly Wag is a memory refresher about bonding with your dog through the age-old game of Fetch. There's nothing like it for Woman and her dog!
Fetch training posts on All Things Dog Blog:
- Preparing for Fetch Training
- Sit and Stay: More Fetch Preparation
- The Most Important Fetch Skill
- Stringing Skills for Fetch
- Building the Fetch Cycle
- Extra Credit Fetch