How To Train A Golden Retriever To Fetch – Professional Dog Training Tips

How To Train A Golden Retriever To Fetch – Professional Dog Training Tips

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– You may have gotten
your Golden Retriever to be the perfect family pet but to have that perfect family pet you may need to burn off a little energy. In this video, you’re
gonna meet Instructor Wendy and her Golden Retriever named Gypsy and they’re gonna show us how to teach your Golden
Retriever to fetch. I’m Ken Steepe and this Gypsy. Welcome back to McCann Dogs. (guitar strums)
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to have a well behaved four-legged family member. So Wendy, tell me a little bit about introducing Gypsy to retrieving. Now you may have seen
Gypsy on the channel before and we showed a little bit of retrieving, but being a Golden Retriever
it’s such an important part of working with them, having
fun with your Retriever to do some retriever training. So how did it all start with Gypsy? – So when she just a little
puppy, ’bout eight weeks old, I right away started
with a little soft toy and I would teach her
a little bit of tugging and then I would just
toss the toy a little bit and really just praise
her for bringing it back and we would tug again and then eventually I’d get my
tosses a little bit further. – Okay, I noticed that when
we were just working this just before we sat down
to talk to the camera you were using your voice, using motion, really being really encouraging because puppies can get easily distracted and it’s so important that we do maintain some of that focus.
– Oh very easy. I would do it in the
hallway so there wasn’t much a lot of places that she could go She would be standing right there with me. I got all the other
distractions out of the way. – Yeah, the other thing I noticed is that you had her on a line and I know maybe in another
video had the toy on the line so that you have a
little bit more control. Talk about why that’s important or why you’d do that. – Well because when I do toss the toy I wanna make sure that she’s
bringing it back to me. I don’t want her to take
the toy and run away or just sit there and chew at. I wanna really encourage
her to come back to me and then with the line on
I can help her come back. – Yeah, what about some of our viewers who might be watching saying, “My Golden doesn’t really love toys “and I’m not sure why.” What can they do to get their dog a little bit more engaged
with the act of playing fetch? – A lot it depends on the toy too. I got a real soft, squishy toy. Sometimes a little squeaker in it makes ’em a little bit more exciting. Really hard rope toy. Some dogs really don’t like that at first. Their mouths are sore. You just want something
really soft and engaging that they’ll be interested. So try different things.
– Yeah I love that idea, to try different things because maybe squeak toy is the solution and then you can work your way off of something like that, great idea. Now we’ve got our dogs at home
retrieving the toy on a line. Maybe a six foot leash or maybe
they’re working at 10 feet. What’s the next step? When do our Retriever owners know that they can make things a little more challenging for their dog? – If they’re pretty reliable
at coming right back to you then I would try the further distance and I would turn and run and
really encourage them back and if that’s working great you can add a little bit more distance but if you find that they’re starting to not come back to you
then I would go back and put the long-line on again so I can make sure that they
are coming right back to me. But always make sure
when they do come to me I’m not taking that toy right away. I wanna tug with them, have fun, so it’s with lot value
coming right back to me and we could play. – Yeah I think that’s
such an important point and you talked a little bit about petting and praising your dog when
they’re holding the toy. At this point when you’re
working at this stage with a young dog and
you’re using a tug toy versus something like a bumper which we’ll talk about shortly, a game of tug is a great
way to build relationship and build value for the toy. But as you move along, as you
progress in your training, tugging becomes less important. Talk about that for just a minute. The difference between our
young Golden Retrievers with a tug toy versus a retrieve toy that’s specific for retrieving. – Well a tug toy they can tug. I kinda hit ’em on the
side, we play a lot, but when I’m actually
working with the bumper I don’t want her tugging on it. I want her to bring it to me and hold it until I release her from it so she learns the difference between a toy where we’re just having fun and then their bumper one
we’re actually working. And then you also have to
teach them to release that toy. They do have to release it back to you so we start with a little bit of tug and then I will tell her, “Out,” and put a little bit of food on her nose and work that until
eventually when I say, “Out,” she spits it out right away. At that point I could reward with food or a lotta times just giving
them the toy right back is reward enough, they love that. “Out,” she gives me the toy, then I give it right back
and have her tug again. – So we have our Retriever
dropping the toy reliably. What’s next for the training? – Well because she is a Retriever and I do Retriever Trials I also want to introduce a bumper to her, which is a different
texture than my soft toy. So then I bring the bumper in and we work on that in the house. Just little tosses with that. Make sure that she’s bringin’
that back to me and holding it ’cause like I said again,
different textures. Had to encourage her to
help pick up the bumper. – Yeah and this is the point
when you’re using a bumper and specific to some
of the Retriever Trials and training that you do, we don’t play the game of tug as much – with the bumper.
– No. No with the bumper, I want
her to bring it back to me and just hold it but I
don’t want her to tug with. So she’ll bring it back to me and then I’ll just
praise or pet her a lot. Good hold, good girl and then I’ll ask for that out command. – So it feels like it’s time to take the show on
the road, to go outside because that’s really where you’re gonna be playing retrieve
– Oh yes. – with your dog ultimately. So talk about that
process, getting outside and teaching your dog to fetch. Even with the soft toy, I would go to different places. Go outside, go to a a new location. Make sure that they can
retrieve other places because it’s different picture
when you go somewhere else. – For sure.
– They might not wanna do it. So we work that and then we take the bumpers
of course outside too. Different weather too, winter, summer. – Sure, yeah, outside
can be so distracting and this is sometimes
where the wheels falls off as you’re teaching your
Golden Retriever or any dog to retriever outside because
there’s so many distractions that might be out there. As Wendy mentioned, you might need to take a
step back in your training. You might need to do shorter retrieves. You might need to use that soft toy. Ultimately you’re gonna be
retrieving that bumper outside but maybe you need to get that
high value tug toy outside to not be so worried about the distractions that are out there. – And definitely a long-line outside. ‘Cause you could toss the
toy, they run to pick it up, and as they’re running
back a leaf might blow by. They might all the sudden find that a little bit more exciting. – I think that tip is so important and controlling the environment and controlling your dog because
it’s pretty self-rewarding. Once your dog picks up that toy and if they like toys, they like to chew, it can just be a game of keep away. They’ll just run around in
circles and have so much fun because it’s a stimulating environment. But having a line on them and in some cases having
a line on that toy can be really, really helpful to overcome some of those challenges. So we’re at a point where our
dog is retrieving really well. What about for our Retriever owners who want to go to Retriever Trials. How do they level up their training and start to teach their
dog all the right steps? – So at the Retriever Trials obviously they have to be sitting while the bumpers are bein’ thrown out. I wanna make sure that I get her excited so I maybe hold her collar
while I’m throwing the bumper. I wait until it hits the
ground before I release her and I work gradually like that, but the bumper has to sit on the ground maybe for a few seconds
before I release her. Eventually I want her to sit
there until I release her. – [Ken] Yeah and having that weight. I’m sure there’s a couple
things that are happening. That restraint is probably
pretty exciting for the dog. – Oh yes.
– But it’s also teaching them to remain in position because
let’s talk about ultimately your expectation is that your dog will just remain in at your side if you’re competing in Retriever Trials? Talk just for a moment
about how that works. – Yes, they have to sit at your side. While they actually use ducks not bumpers, – Yep.
– She has to sit at my side while they shoot the ducks out and then she has to sit there until I give her an actual release command to go out and get it and then
she has to bring it right back and swing in to my side and sit there until I tell her to release it. – Yeah and we do have
a video on the channel that talks about moving
into that get in position which might be helpful for you guys. I’m gonna run some B-Roll
over this where it’s showing where Wendy is bringing
her dog into her side. We actually have a video on the channel that will help you out with that so be sure to check that out. – [Wendy] So once your
dog’s retrieving reliably you wanna challenge them. Go to different places, maybe
running through the water, running through longer grass. Maybe have it go into the longer grass and they have to go in and find it. – [Ken] Oh that would be challenging. – Yeah, yeah it’s lots
of challenges you can do with your Retrievers. – Yeah and I really like that idea where we sort of build
this solid foundation, get your dog retrieving reliably and then you make it a
little bit more difficult. It’s fun as a trainer to
find some of these places and to go discover some of these areas that might prove a challenge for your dog. It’s a lot of fun to make
it more difficult for them and then to see them to be successful and to help them to be successful. If you’re a Golden Retriever puppy owner be sure to check out that card right there where we talk about
Gypsy’s first week home. I hope this video helps you to get out and have some fun with
your Golden Retriever. I wanna thank Instructor Wendy and I definitely wanna thank Gypsy for showing off some of
those Retriever talents. On that note, I’m Ken, happy training. Bye for now.
(upbeat electronic music)

9 thoughts on “How To Train A Golden Retriever To Fetch – Professional Dog Training Tips”

  1. I SWEAR this video was MADE for me and my dog! I’m trying to teach him fetch, and he’s a golden!

  2. This one is for all of you Golden owners! If you're looking for Golden Retriever puppy training, you'll enjoy this video as well:
    Happy Training! ~Ken

  3. Such a cute face, and no Ken not talking about you πŸ˜‰

    Golden's faces are so adorable. They are so incredibly smart which is a good and bad thing cause they are smart enough that they can start training you lol

  4. I am 13 and have a 4 year old pommaranian lately I have been sleeping in my sisters room so I brought her in there with me and all She douse is wine and bark the whole night and all she wants is to be in my room plz help and tell me what to do

  5. no need to train fetch, you've got a broken dog if they dont naturally fetch. My 12 week golden knows to fetch naturally without any training.

  6. I have a two month Golden Retriever. What training should I expect at this age? I have been working with No Bite and Down. Is he too young to teach how to retrieve? He has already started that on his own. I wish I had a list about what age and what to train when. Thanks

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