January 2, 2018

How To Improve Dog Retrieve Skills With Dog Training

Your dog is a playful creature. Regardless of the breed, we are all pretty sure that your dog wants to run around and play with you. These cuddly beings are there for us to make us smile and giggle. And of course, we wonder what kind of kind deeds we have done to deserve such kind of happiness.

On the other hand, you should make sure that your dog gets plenty of exercises. If you let them stay idle, their systems will grow weary and weak. Just like humans, the sedentary lifestyle is not befitting for our pets. As much as possible, we should let them move around and do their thing. Otherwise, they will get susceptible to sickness.


Among the best exercises that you can engage your dog is through fetch and retrieve. That is an old-school activity that your dog will truly love. Don't ever assume that only specific dog breeds can do this routine. Any dog breed, if properly trained, can ace this rigorous but fun workout. So are you interested in teaching the necessary retrieving skills to your dog? If yes, then just follow this simple tutorial that I made.

How To Improve Your Retrieve With Dog Training

How To Improve Your Retrieve With Dog Training

Retrieve is a skill that you can commonly see during dog sporting events. However, it could still take place on a daily basis. Many dog trainers see retrieve as an efficient and interactive way to discipline your dog. If you can teach your dog how to do this entirely, then you can show him anything.

The essence of retrieve is not only for physical improvement of the dog. It can also gratify the natural "wild" instinct of the animal. Such of these is your dog's innate affinity to dive to the preys.

Regardless of your intention, retrieve plays a vital role in the well-being of the creature. It is one of the primal characteristics of dogs that should get exhibited and honed. Other than that, you should also train your dog how to socialize.

Approaches To Retrieve Training For Dogs

Approaches To Retrieve Training For Dogs

There are few methods in where you can train your dog how to retrieve objects accurately. The basic one follows the traditional path. There are few steps to follow here.

  1. First, you need to present the object to the dog. Make sure that you can stimulate the interest and attention of the dog to the thing. Once this happens, the drive to hunt the item down will grow stronger.
  2. Next, you need to throw the object at any safe distance. Test if the dog will chase the object or not. But I am pretty sure that once you have stimulated the interest of your dog, it will chase after the thrown object.
  3. After fetching, the item should return to you by your dog.

Although it appears simple, perfecting the trifecta is not easy. That is the reason why it is always in dog sports and competitions. Fetch-and-retrieve is a test that would display the training and discipline of the dog.

If you want to learn the ropes of this sport, you have to familiarize yourself with the marker training. This specific regimen will teach your dog on how to retrieve appropriately by giving timely and regular rewards. The repetitive process will guide the rhythm and timing of the activity.

By theory, commanding retrieve to your dog is effortless. But if put into application, the process may get tumultuous. In some instances, few pet owners get a late realization that their dog is just not interested in doing it. Sometimes, they find themselves stuck in the predicament that their dogs would just hog the object.

Approaches To Retrieve Training For Dogs 2

So how can you fix this problem? Well, here are some necessary recommendations that I can give:

  • If your dog is a Labrador or any active kind, warming them up is not necessary anymore. By nature, they are super dynamic and energetic. You don't need to stimulate their systems just to fetch and retrieve the object. They can go crazy from the start! On the flip side, other dogs are too complacent and idle; thus, requires motivation.
  • You can warm your do up by teasing and playing with them with the object. Specifically, you have to play like the item is hard to get. That will eventually pique and agitate the interest of your dog. Ideally, you should tease the dog with toys or things that it loves or prefers. Dry dog food can work, too! They can certainly catch the attention of the creature than the regular frisbees or balls.
    Always make sure that the material of the item is safe for your dog's mouth. You can either choose active or inactive objects. Dynamic objects, like a ball, will continue moving even after landing on the ground. Meanwhile, idle objects will remain static after being thrown (like a bone or a branch).
  • If you are planning to toss the object, don't throw it too far. That would make the dog go lazy and uninterested in the sport. In some cases, the dog might still chase the tossed item. However, it is possible that they can meet distractions during the retrieval process. If untrained, their attention span is small. You need to make sure that the distance is short and that there are no other objects than the play item that you have thrown.



Training the dog on the sport of retrieve is not a one day process. It requires time before you can discipline and teach your dog the rules of the activity. But you should not worry about this, as the rigidity is still the same as potty training. You just have to be patient and loving to your dog.

Between you and your pet, it is you that should not get frustrated. Retrieve may appear as a dangerous thing for you. But for your dog, the regimen is still a way of socializing and interacting with their owners.

Take the training slowly. It is a mistake that you rush things without considering the temperament or condition of your dog. Always adjust your pace to theirs. They will surely understand how the play goes bits by bits.

Read more: How To Teach Your Dog To Be A Show Dog​

Lucy Sheppard

Hi, I’m Lucy Sheppard. I love pets, especially dogs. My love for these true friends of humans turned into a passion. This passion led me to start this pets website so that people like me can benefit from my study and research.

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