Teach Your Puppy To Fetch And LOVE To Bring The Toy Back – Professional Dog Training Tips


– Today I’m going to talk
to you about the value of teaching your dog how to retrieve. Now, this is something that I do every single day with my dogs in order to keep them in shape, and to exercise them. But did you know this is
also a fabulous game to use to help establish leadership and to build a great relationship with your dog. Today I’m going to go
over a few key factors on teaching your dogs
how to do a retrieve. Ready, Bee, wanna show them? On your mark, okay, ready,
get set, go, get the ball! (clapping) Good girl, bring it here! Bingo! Good girlie! This is seven-month old Beeline and my name is Kayl McCann. Welcome back to McCann Dogs. Get that thing! (guitar strum) (puppy yips) Before you begin, you may consider putting your dog on a leash. What I’ve also done is
put my toy on a leash so that I have control of both variables. Now before doing this,
I’ve already established that my puppy really likes this toy so make sure you have an idea of what types of toy your puppies like, whether it’s a tug toy or a
rubber-sized type toy like this. Sometimes dogs don’t like to retrieve because they aren’t
motivated by the type of toy or reward that you’re
using, so experiment. Make sure you find
something your dog likes. One of the main reasons
why I’ve put my toy on a leash is so that I can
make this look like dying prey. That’s a lot of fun for the dog so what I’m gonna do is
I’m gonna get Beeline engaged with the toy right now just by moving and
whipping this toy around and letting her chase it, ready, Bee? What’s this, ready? Oooh, so puppies like when things move so I’m gonna get it ready. What’s this, shhh. What’s this, get it, get it,
get it, get it, get it, get it. Whoo, she caught it already! So I’m just gonna move it away from her and if she happens to let go of the toy, I’m gonna start whipping it around again. Whoo, there it goes, whooop, whoop! Ha, ha, ha, she’s pretty quick! Good girl. This is the first part of the retrieve. I wouldn’t actually throw the toy. I would just engage her in a game of tug by keeping the toy very
active and exciting. Good girl, get that. Now that I’ve established that
Bee really likes this toy, the next thing that I want
to do is start teaching the retrieve portion of it. Now what I’ve done is I’ve
actually taken two leashes and I’ve attached them
to this toy so I have a really long line to
use to control the toy. I know she really likes
this toy so I’m going to throw it out, but to prevent
her from running around my yard with it, I have a line attached so that when she picks it up, I can use it to reel her in back in
towards me, teaching her to go get the toy and bring
it directly back to me, and I would just repeat
this process a few times until I don’t have to assist
her with it any longer and she’s doing it a
bit more independently. ‘kay, Bee, you ready? Wanna get this toy, ready, ready, ready? So what I’m gonna do is hold on to her, make sure I have the end of my line ready. Ready, set, oh, she’s ready! Come here, come here, come here! Set, get the toy, get the toy. Good girl, whoop, whoop, whoop! Bring it here, bring
it here, bring it here. Yay, good girl! Now when she gets back, I don’t wanna take the toy away from her right away. I want her to be rewarded and have fun for bringing the toy to
me, so I need to take a second to play a little game of tug. Oh, that was a good puppy. Okay, let’s try it again. Are you ready? So I’m gonna get the end of my line. Ready, set, get the toy! Good girl, bring it
here, bring it here, yay! Good girl, very nice, good! We just repeat this process
until the two of us got tired. Good girl! I’ve just done a bunch
of repetitions with me holding the leash and she’s
been really good about bringing the toy directly back, so I’m gonna progress now by
throwing the toy a little bit further away, and I’m gonna
start dropping the leash. If at any time I feel like
she’s not bringing the toy directly back to me, I’m not gonna chase after the dog and the toy. That could be probably the
worst thing you could do. When you chase a dog,
what they typically do is keep running and
just turn it into a big catch-me-if-you-can game, so instead, I’m gonna try and get to
my line so I can go back to directing here with
the leash in my direction. Hopefully I won’t have to do that though. You ready Miss Bee? Ready, set, get it (clapping). Girl, bring it here, bring it here, yay! What a good girl! Always lots of play and praise when you’re puppy brings the
toy back and try it again. Ready, get set, get the toy! Good girl, bring it here (claps), whooo! Good girl! I think it’s safe to
say she likes this game. Good girl, yes, very nice. Now once you’re able to
do this with the leash on the ground, obviously
the next step would be able to progress to not having
the toy attached to anything, but it’s not gonna hurt
anything by having the leash attached for a little bit longer just to be on the safe side, especially if you’re in a busy location where there tends to be lots of distractions. Good girl, yeah. Once you’ve had a lot of
reliability playing with the toy with your dog while the
toy is attached to a line, you may consider taking
the line off of the toy, but to ensure you have
control, you could always attach this long line to your dog. That way if they decide
to make any poor choices or they get a little distracted, you have a way to keep them
safe and under control. The last component that I
think is really important to talk about is how you move your body. In order to get her to bring
the toy back to me quickly, I always wanna move away
from her to try to encourage that chase drive, so this last
retrieve I’m gonna show you, I’m gonna throw the toy out. Once she gets the toy, I’m
gonna call her and I’m gonna run away and that’s gonna
ignite her chase drive. She’s gonna wanna come back to me quickly and then we can have that
fun game together at the end. ‘Kay, Bee, ready? On your mark, make sure
you don’t step on the line so they don’t make it go
tight when they run away. Ready, ready, ready, okay. Ready, set, we’re going this way. Get the ball, get the ball, get the ball. Bee (clapping), yeah, he, he, he, he! Your dog might not add that
exuberant jump at the end. As you recall, my dog is
a little bit over the top, but whatever they want to
do to make the game fun. Yes, good girl. Wanna do one more, are you
ready, set, get the toy. Whoops, here, bring it here, yeah (claps)! Bring it here, bring
it here, bring it here. Yay (claps), (mumbles) yeah! So always moving away from the dog, encouraging him to bring
the toy back to you. If either one of you is not out of breath at the end of this,
you’re not doing it right. Now retrieving is obviously
a really fun thing to do with your dog and
it’s something we encourage you to play a lot with them,
but it’s really important that when you’re playing retrieve
that you don’t compromise your control by letting
your dog be in a situation where they can take the
toy and run off with it, so it’s a really smart idea
to keep your dog or puppy on the line or your toy, or
whatever your retrieving with on a line as well to ensure
that you always have control. People are often asking us for suggestions for ideas for things for
their puppies to retrieve, so if you had any great
successes with certain toys at home with your dogs,
especially if they were once a little unmotivated by a
toy and you found something that really worked, it would
be awesome if you could post some suggestions in the comments below. I think other watchers
would really appreciate some of the suggestions
that you might have. Now, if you like today’s video, make sure you give us a thumb’s up. Feel free to subscribe as
we post brand new videos every Thursdays about
all kinds of fun things to do with dogs whether it’s training or just dog information in general. My name’s Kayl McCann. This is my puppy, Beeline. Thanks for watching and happy training.

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43 Responses

  1. EssieGirl85 says:

    When my border collie was a pup he loved toilet roll tubes haha. He didn't seem to like other toys that much, but loved these.
    He's now into frisbee. But he ends up biting his tongue quite often 🙈

  2. McCann Dog Training says:

    Is there one toy that your dog LOVES to retrieve? Is there a toy that changed the game of fetch for you and your dog? We'd love to hear about it!

  3. Kodie Levine says:

    What a great video. I love the energy. I love how Beeline jumps up to you hands when she is bringing her ball back. Can I ask what size Holy Roller you are using. Snap is my pup and her favorite thing to retrieve is her metal food dish she used as a puppy. I think she likes the sound it makes when it hits my tile floors.

  4. Piano by Daniel says:

    i love that toy i have one <3

  5. redsherbet says:

    Will any dog enjoy fetch?

  6. Lucija Mršić says:

    Thank you so much for this video! I will try it…

  7. MakaniValur says:

    With my very food motivated little dog, I got one of these retrieving dummies that store treats deep inside them. They’re impossible to get to without opposable thumbs and once my dog had worked that out he took it to me for help – every time he brought it I’d get a treat out for him. He learned fetch in a few minutes and we’ve been playing it ever since.
    My mum’s dog meanwhile isn’t interested in food and doesn’t seem to understand the bringing it back portion of fetch. Going to try the leash trick shown in this video to see if t works for him. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  8. Maureen Snider says:

    My puppy enjoys a toy tire for her retrieving play. I roll it on the ground and she chases along until she cuts it off or it bounces off something.

  9. jsadecki1 says:

    Ah I t was a sneaky unexpected intro, good work aha

  10. Alma Fong says:

    I watch and love your show but it makes me feel discouraged. My pup is two years old and while she can do many things her recall is terrible and most of the time when I call her name she doesn’t even look at me.

  11. Tana Tanaki says:

    Best dog training video's! My dog takes the toy and runs away, or don't let it afterwards. Now I will do like you do.Thank you so much.

  12. Charles Li says:

    I really like the cheerful sweet voice you talk to Beeline with.

  13. Cynthia Sterling says:

    I'm sorry but it looks like that could be rough for the dogs teeth, the way you jerk him around. I have 2 dogs who loved to play tug a war with the stuffed animals. I thought it was cute until I noticed blood on the toy, which was coming from one dogs tooth. I no longer let them play that game.

  14. Qalb Abbas says:

    How much time.it'lltake?

  15. Miranda Moreno says:

    Yeah what if your dog is a 2 month old chihuahua how does this work

  16. Grumdy says:

    I wish I could find dog training videos where they teach tricks to dogs that aren't Border Collies. Teaching a Border Collie how to play fetch must be as difficult as teaching Einstein long division. I'd be more convinced this method works, and respect the trainer more, if they were doing it with literally any other dog breed.

  17. R W says:

    i'd be impressed if this video was you teaching a dog that wasn't already bringing the toy back

  18. McCann Dog Training says:

    If you're still struggling with teaching your dog to fetch, we have another video that will show you exactly how to build value on bringing that toy back to you, by playing another game! Link HERE: https://youtu.be/B2j_Qq-IAFU

  19. James Taylor says:

    Our new puppy (6 mo. old) likes living room fetch but we can't get her interested in outdoor, no matter what toy we use to entice her, she is much more interested in smelling every square inch of the yard and eating as many twigs as possible.

  20. Loren Ellis says:

    You should explain how you get Bee to actually give you the toy & “drop it.” It looks like he easily brings it back, but then, puts up a bit of a fight everytime you try to take it. You don’t really show your “drop it” command…. and in one instance, it looks like you cut that part short & then continued the scene after you already have the toy. My dog has no problem bringing something back to me, it’s the letting it go & relinquishing control of the item once he returns that gives me trouble. More explanation on this would be helpful. Great video!

  21. Khader Bandak says:

    Do you think my 3 months old GSD would learn to fetch?

  22. Cooper the Dachshund says:

    If you do a trick say if you wanted to do hand signals and commands at you only aloud to do one way

  23. Cooper the Dachshund says:

    With a trick say the fort stall when the learn it do they jump up on you feet every time you put thi]em up wanting them to do the trick will they do it ?

  24. Cooper the Dachshund says:

    My lab only does down in the arena i practice I went to a different place an should we not do it it took a couple of times then I went back to the spot she does it in but she only did it the 3rd time or 2nd help

  25. Cooper the Dachshund says:

    When should you start not giving treats for tricks

  26. Sheila Harris says:

    What is the name of that toy? Can you get it on Amazon?

  27. Willow Ridge says:

    What if you need to teach retrieve but they don't like toys at all? Service dog's need to retrieve even if they don't want to…so there has to be a way.

  28. Moosk Here says:

    Actually probably shouldn't tug when the dog brings the toy back. The dog will then think the game is to keep it from you. It would be better to use a dog who didnt know fetch to see the method of how to teach it. Duh

  29. Amber Mawji says:

    Absolutely love your videos! I'm addicted and have learned so much more with your videos than with any other. What do you recommend if your dog really doesn't want to bring the toy back? I leash the toy so she can't play keep away but when I bring the toy back to me on the line, I'm practically having to drag my dog back to me. I've tried being exciting and running back to encourage her to bring it back but it always ends up with me dragging her back to me to play tug when she's caught it. I have two pups that love to play but I've never been successful in incentivizing them to bring it back to me for a game of tug.

  30. G J says:

    Chamois Demister Pad tied to a shoe lace, my 5 month old GSD loves it.

  31. Debra Levesque says:

    I need a toy like that one too LOl

  32. Rachel Wilder says:

    My puppy was so good at fetch, such a natural. And I thought he was really enjoying it. We'd play tug, I'd say give and he'd let go, I'd throw it, he'd bring it right back, we'd play tug, and so on. He did that for a couple weeks and it was so easy and fun. And then he stopped bringing it all the way back. I will try this technique of putting a leash on the toy. If I were to run the opposite direction, I"m pretty sure my puppy would lose interest and go off to do his own thing. I will try that also, though.

    So that I don't keep doing it wrong, I'm wondering, what I did wrong to make him not want to bring it back to me. I really thought he was excited and enjoying all of it.

  33. Chrissy Simpson says:

    OMG I'm going to try this.. My pup is only 3 months old and is learning really quickly but I'm having trouble to get him to bring the toy back.. This is amazing thanks…

  34. Ryan Gonzalez says:

    I have a 1 year old mini Aussie he doesn’t like toys and doesn’t want to fetch any suggestions help

  35. Richard Patton says:

    Great video. Do you teach your dog to drop a toy and fetch at the same time? If not, which comes first? Will the fetch training have a negative impact on the drop training if done together?

  36. McCann Dog Training says:

    Does your dog love to fetch the toy, but they aren't so keen on dropping it? Then this video is for you: How To Teach Your Dog To Drop Things – https://youtu.be/NiSxXUZILHw
    Thanks for watching! ~Ken

  37. Sarah Eiswerth says:

    What if my dog won’t go to get the ball?

  38. Whitehat Whitehat says:

    damn that dog is fast

  39. Judy Weikum Benson says:

    Thanks for the great idea of having a leash attached to the toy.

  40. golemkonty says:

    when playing tug its a nice idea to let the dog win from time to time.

  41. Ciara Shine says:

    Hi I've only recently got a dog so I'm not an expert but why does she keep slapping the dog when after she throws him . Lovely dog

  42. Hazel DrawsAtily says:

    How can I get ready for my new puppy cuz she is a Boder Collie

  43. Cameron Newbury says:

    Why’s she hitting the dog with her hand?

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