Playing fetch can be a simple, healthy way to help your pet burn off excess energy. The age-old game of throwing an object and having your dog bring it back is as simple as it gets. But contrary to popular belief, “fetch” is not an instinct for all dogs. Many dogs need to be taught to retrieve before they can play. 

 

If you’ve ever thrown a stick high into the air and yelled out, “Go get it, buddy!” -- only for your dear doggo to cock her head and stare at you in confusion -- you’re in the right place. 

 

Here are some tips for teaching Fido how to fetch.  

 

You’ll need: 

- Small, training-size treats
- Soft, dog-friendly ball in a bright, easy-to-spot color (tennis balls work great)
- Access to a clean, grassy, outdoor space with room to run