Your dog can be more than just a companion whenever you feel alone. Dogs are naturally a man’s helper too. In fact, there are stories of dogs on the internet that tell about our furry friends fetching the groceries for them and even doing particular stuff like delivering the morning paper and bringing their owner’s slipper whenever they get home.
Zak George shares all his tips and detailed step-by-step tutorials on how you, yourself, and not any private trainer, can train your dog to bring you stuff. We have summarized here the key points that you should remember.
Show Your Dog That It’s Okay To Bite On Certain Things.
At the first try, make the object interesting for training purposes. Zak used a colorful blanket, which is obvious enough even for the dog that it is not a toy but a usual household item. The goal in this step is to make your furry friend comfortable with the object. It’s also better if he’s curious enough of what the object is. Let him play first with the thing.
Point and Say “Get”
The next part of the training is the trick itself. Get the item from the dog, place it on the floor beside you then point it. This step is you commanding your dog to get the thing for you.
Teach Him How To Let Go
You can do this by holding out your hand palms up to your dog. Be patient because at first, your furry helper will play tug of war with you with that thing.
Wait Till He Lets Go
The trick is to wait until your dog drops the thing. Praise him for a job well done if he does so. If not, prepare a chew toy that he can divert his attention to and eventually drop the object you’ve asked him to fetch.
Reward Your Dog
Prepare doggy treats with you all the time. Give him some after fetching and bringing down (not while he’s playing a tug of war with you with that object) the thing.
Remember that practice makes perfect. Be patient all the time that you are teaching this trick to your dog. Stick with one object such as a slipper and wait until he understands that that object is called a “slipper” and “get” (or any other verbal cues) means he has to fetch it for you. Start with the basic things and remember, no sharp objects.
Have you started training with your dog yet? How were the first few days so far? Share it with us through the comments below!