Everything YOU NEED to KNOW to TEACH your DOG a PERFECT FETCH!

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Please Like and Share. Best regards, I can not share exactly how crucial it is for pet dogs to know fetch if they have a great deal of power. If you are having problem with fetch or aren't sure where to get started or simply want a refresher course, enjoy this episode.

I'll cover the most common troubles I read about with mentor fetch including what to do if your dog chases it yet will not bring it back, won't let go, gets burnt out quickly, or plays inside, but not outdoors and much more!

Lafitte has been doing some property damage to the walls, so Michael and also Dianna requested for some assistance. Did you recognize that a well played video game of fetch regularly will significantly reduce or stop virtually all extreme undesirable habits like eating, damaging, excavating, leaping, chain pulling as well as extra?
Plus active pets typically live a much longer, happier life if they consistently and also strongly exercise.

My experience informs me that a great deal of individuals stop prematurely when it involves training bring. Actually, many people have to do with 3 training sessions away from having a dog that understands the standard policies of fetch, with the correct support obviously;-RRB-.

77 Comments on “Everything YOU NEED to KNOW to TEACH your DOG a PERFECT FETCH!”

  1. My dog doesn’t play much, I want her to play fetch but she won’t even put her mouth round ANYTHING except a treat. How do you get her to even start the tug of war? 

    Also she doesn’t walk after a ball either,,,,she didn’t’ have much of a puppy hood as she had puppies on the street when she was not quite a year… 
    I don’t know much about her background apart of that. 

    1. +Hillary Schwirtlich
      They can look at you like you’re a complete loon and they’re ashamed of you … –> getting this look from Mini whenever I’m singing 😀

    2. Im having exactly the same problem. My dog is also a 1 – 2 year old border collie. He plays on his own but will not play with me or anyone else. I have tried all variety of toys. Any suggestions?

    3. I have a similar problem. My 4 year old yorkie Bella has never really been interested in toys. I’ve had her since she was 3 months old and she has had absolutely no interest in toys. I’ll get super animated and run around with her but as soon as I throw the toy she’ll just stare at me like “what the heck are you doing” the most interest she shows is when she uses them as pillows.

    4. Our puppy does quite the same thing. We will get eeal into tug of war and then I’ll throw the toy and she will run at and then just before she picks it up, she stops dead and sits in front of me as if she was saying what next? She is a labrador cross with border collie and picks up all other tricks so quick but never fetch!

  2. It looks so easy. But its not. Ive been using zaks method for 4 months with my now 1 year old dog and he knows how to play tug, however he loses interest. He loves to chase but not chase me. He will bring something back inside, then lay down and keep it, hell bring something back outside after a few laps around the yard, even if i throw it short distances. Idk what he learned before i got him at 8 months old, but its discouraging to say the least.

    1. +Youtube Passerby
      I don’t think my dog thought that. He just wanted to know what all the fuss was about. He’s addicted to tug now…

    2. So I bought the toy and acting happy and waving the toy around to make him interested in it, but he’s not putting it in his mouth lol. Guessing I just have to keep doing this

    3. I had to try lots of different tugs before I found one he would really bite down on. Catch him at the times he’s feeling energetic and frustrate him a bit. Some puppy’s need the toy moving REALLY fast before the get going on it. You could also try a flirt pole. That will help for sure.

  3. Whatever you do, don’t ever play fetch with your dog with a stick!! I know that Lafitte was chewing and playing with the stick for a little bit in the video, but playing with sticks is incredibly dangerous for your dog. They can get splinters in their mouth or esophagus, or they could get stabbed in the throat if they try to catch the stick (happened to a friend of mine’s dog)

    1. Sarah Anderson Dogs in the wild do it all the time. it’s fine if you monitor them. I’ve had dogs my entire life and that’s never once happened

  4. I got lucky with my dog, he knew how to fetch when I got him, the only part I had to work on was teaching a let go, but that was super easy. 
    In fact, whenever people ask me why I picked him, I just say that it was “love at first fetch”. I really wanted a playful, friendly, outgoing dog, and when I was volunteering at the animal shelter I took him out for some exercise and discovered his love of balls. I fell for him the moment he chased the first ball… 🙂
    In his personal opinion, tennis balls should be renamed to “yellow, fuzzy orbs of happiness”

  5. Baco’s fetch gets better everyday and this is absolutely true, he behaves much better now. Thanks for these videos!! I want to take it to the next level and I’m starting to work with the frisbee… He loves it!! His new think these days is eating some christmas tree ornaments though!!

    1. Hi Zak, I really enjoyed all your videos! I have some unique problems with my dog, first of all, he doesn’t ever want to play and rarely chew. Have you ever encountered something like this? I want to exercise and play, but he doesn’t respond to toys or anything ..

    2. Zak talks in a video about finding the right toy for your dog. Maybe yours just isn’t interested in the toys you have?

  6. This is all nice and dandy.. But what do you do if the dogs grabs the toy and prefers to chew it up by themselves? With zero attention to your high pitched silly voices and jumping around..

    1. bond with your dog more in other situations and games (like tug-of-war), make sure they get plenty of alone “chew time” during the day, then re-visit the fetching game with a toy they are very familiar with but chew the least. what works best for me is a rope toy like in this video. keeping in mind this probably won’t work unless you have your dog focus trained, meaning they look you in the eyes and come when called and can sit-and-stay on que… I know it sounds irrelevant to a game of fetch, but it’s about teaching the basics and then building off of those basics. and having your dogs attention and focus is key. zak has all the best videos for teaching!

    2. Try squeaking a different toy in your hand, doing something different… don’t throw it too far, step back always… try getting near him and then running away, try new tatics

  7. Any suggestions for a dog who has played fetch just fine until we visited the dog park where others like to throw the ball for him and have him return it because in most cases their dog is not interested in fetch. Well now my dog returns the ball to anyone he wants instead of the person throwing the ball including me.

    1. all it takes is watching ONE of this guy’s videos before you know you’re always going to have to skip ~ to the halfway point… lol

  8. I had a 6 month old GSD/Aussie mix, she would fake me. She started running back to me then the last second she quickly turned. >.>

    1. My dog does the same thing! I think it’s because they want the toy so bad that they think twice before giving it to us. They want to play fecth but they also want the toy, so they feel divided? I don’t know, it’s just a guess. Sometimes he brings me the toy tho, but not always. Sometimes he won’t even pick it up! Hahaha

  9. I just got my first puppy ever- Almost thirty years old here, and been a cat person my entire life. Cats are easy- mine were at least. You just set them down and show them their litter location, and place of food, and walk away. Clean up is easy. I did not know what to expect with this puppy, and he’s fortunately awesomely tempermented… The first 24 hours we didn’t have toys or anything for him and when he peed in the house for the hundredth time, I yelled at him outside (Just the word “NO!” very loud and angrily), and he got scared to come back in with me. It broke my heart completely- I stayed up the next night and found your videos, and immediately convinced my girlfriend to run out and get some things you’ve shown me puppies need immediately. He now has a very large crate for his size (He won’t get very big ) in which he got into immediately and loved following your advice… plenty of toys with different textures (because he is quite bitey)- this has helped and I’m following you’re “show him what I like” and “give him something else to bite” methods in alternative sessions. I am now only three days into this- I’ve been teaching my already dog-knowledgable girlfriend about what she’s doing wrong (politely- don’t want to be killed)… and being someone with no kids at this point… I have to say I love this guy and the responsibility I have to him. In three days he’s stolen my heart and I am so glad that there’s a place I can go to find how I can do my best for him. Thank you so, so, so much! We’re teaching him fetch soon, and getting him an exercise pen- we can’t really let him roam our room free for too long without him biting us a bunch or getting into things. Vets say he’s 4 months old according to his teeth. Anyway- Thank you again so so much!

    1. So good to hear. We all make mistakes with our dogs and puppies are VERY hard work at times and can test the patience of the best of us. Dogs are (fortunately) very forgiving. Keep up the good work.

    2. Jonathan George How did training work out? I am trying to decide if zaks training is effective enough to keep from biting strangers or if I need something a bit more disciplining.

  10. When I throw the thing my dog just picks it up, takes off, lets it go somewhere hidden and comes back

    1. That’s why you have to be engaging and have the dog chase you, or use a long leash and encourage them back to you so they can’t sprint off.

    2. What CatsPlayPoker said! And, use more than one toy. Try to engage them with the other toy when he/she has the other one. Reward with treats for letting the toy go as well. If it feels too hard, start with the training inside and take it from there.

  11. My 3-month-old lab puppy is very protective. She prefers to run away from me when I toss her something and chew it instead of playing fetch. I tried to put her on a longer leash in order to control her and play mini fetch first following the steps you showed, but she pulls away the leash and doesn’t want to come to me even when I run she doesn’t chase me. She just sits there and chews the toy and when I approach her she runs away or pulls the leash if she’s on a leash. However, when we play tug she is not resistant and lets go pretty easily. Do I have to wait until she gets older or it is not due to her age and what should I do then?

    1. I would try a new toy she hasn’t used before and start with tug and work in very slow steps from there, even just stretching out your arm and coaxing her back, rewarding every time. keep the toy for just this game. Stop whenever she gets tired of it or isn’t in the right mood. Good luck.

  12. My old dog would rip up her blankets when she was home by herself as a young dog. I got a bitter spray for the blanket, but the little freak seemed to actually like the spray. She would even bring her treats over to the sprayed blankets and roll them on the blanket before eating. It seemed she wanted the taste to rub off on the treats. She never did it with unsprayed blankets. She was a bit of an oddball.

    1. Magicme79 I think you are confused. She is obviously trying to make her sheets/blankets taste like treats, not the other way around, honey.

    1. I didn’t even crate my last dog after she was housebroken and she always held it over night. Except the one night that she ate a whole bottle of cosequin. That was a mess.

    1. Zoe Milian dogs like to chase bunnies not play with them just cuz she’s not a hunting dog doesn’t mean she doesn’t like chasing or wanting to bite bunnies

    2. Zak George’s Dog Training rEvolution
      Zak my 1 year old Bernese mountain dog and my golden retriever when I throw the ball they run and touch it with there paws and run back with nothing and I tried the first step to getting them interested in the toy but neither of them like it they just walk away can you please help we have had to repair 3 walls 🙁

    3. Zak George’s Dog Training rEvolution how do you teach a dog to fetch that isn’t interested in toys? She will follow a toy like a tennis ball or frisbee maybe once or twice unenthusiasticly, doesn’t play tug of war just generally doesn’t show interest in toys. She has separation anxiety and I want to play fetch before work before she has to be left alone and when I can come home on lunch but can’t get her into it. She’s a lab mix I can’t imagine a lab that doesn’t like a ball but not this one.. help! I’ve tried everything you said about getting them excited in a toy when she does follow a toy once in a while but she doesn’t get interested. I run and jump around and try and get her going but nothing..

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