Introduction: Teach Your Dog to Play Fetch
In five easy steps. Supplies: Tennis ball (hollow and bright) Small dog treats (with a strong scent) A long lead (a leash with lots of extra slack) You Your dog
Step 1: Cut a One Inch Slit in a Hollow Tennis Ball
The brighter the ball the better. Use a box cutter to make the narrow slice.
Step 2: Drop Treats Inside the Ball
Use tasty treats with a strong scent (bacon bits and milk bones work well) to drop into the ball, making sure there is enough room for the treats to shake about inside the ball. Your dog can watch you do this.
Step 3: With Your Dog on a Long Lead Toss the Ball in Front of You
Your dog might just sit there and stare at it, if he does encourage him by chasing after the ball yourself and leading him along with you. If he does chase the ball, pull him back on the lead, grab the ball from his mouth, squeeze to release the treat and give it your dog along with lots of praise.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 & Add a Verbal Cue
Like "Fetch" or "Get it" as you grow more confident in your dogs recall, lose the lead and try off leash. Eventually your dog won't need the treat incentive and will retrieve for the fun of it.
Step 5: Go to the Park and Play Ball