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Puppy Play

03 Mar

dog wash in EvergreenPlaying games with your puppy is fun, but they can also teach your puppy obedience skills. For example, Fetch is a great game to teach your puppy, and playing it she can learn to come when called, retrieve a toy, and drop it on command.

In the beginning, toss or roll the toy a very short distance from your puppy and let her get it. As soon as she picks it up say, “Fetch!” so she associates the command with the action. Then praise her like crazy.

When she brings it back, give her lots of praise, petting her body but not her head so she’s not worried about you taking the toy right away. If she doesn’t come back, use a long lead attached to her collar and gently pull your puppy back to you with the toy. Praise her for coming back.

Once she’s had a moment to hold the toy, your puppy may drop it on her own. As soon as she drops it say, “Drop!” so she associates the command with the action. If she doesn’t drop the toy on her own, get a gentle grip on the toy and wait for her to drop it. Then praise her generously for the action.

Never play this game on a slippery surface. Be aware of how much fun your puppy is having – some dogs like retrieving over and over, while others prefer to play with the toy. Your puppy will be having fun, which increases her happiness. And your puppy is learning obedience which, in the long run, increases the happiness of you both.

 

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