The idea of fetch is simple – you throw your dog’s favourite toy and he brings it back to you. Repeat. Over and over and over!
It’s an easy game that you can play anywhere – living room, garden, local park or whilst walking in a safe location.
Whilst sounding simple, some dogs have their own ideas about the rules of this game and like to chase after the toy but not bring it back!
If this is your dog, a simple trick you can try is to throw the toy for him, wait for him to pick it up and then you run in the opposite direction. He should chase after you. Once he’s caught up with you, ask for the toy and praise him when he gives it back to you. Hopefully, after a couple of goes, he should get the idea and play properly.
Dogs love a game of hide and seek as much as children do!
Tell your dog/pup to sit and stay (you may need someone to help you by holding him in the early days) and then find a spot to hide. When first teaching you dog, don’t hide too well as they may get bored or frustrated and lose interest in the game. Then call your dog and see if he can find you.
Another way to play is to hide a treat or his favourite toy. Starting with treats - let him have a good sniff of the treat (held in your closed hand). The hide the treat in a different room or location of your garden. Then call him and see if he can sniff it out.
When this is going well and he understands the aim of the game, you can try the same game with his favourite toy.
These are a great way to build on your dog’s training and socialisation as well as meeting other like-minded humans too!
To find organised activities local to you, look on the Kennel Club website.