Do you know that I almost have a white retriever before Chester came into the picture? Now you know. I was scouting for a golden retriever at that time.
This white retriever name is Carmen. She’s beautiful, have a lovable face & very intelligent. She was the only retriever left waiting for a new home. She can fetch stuff like newspaper, house key & TV remote control. She can even distinguish a left hand & a right hand. Smart ya?
Felt in love with her but decided not to take her because I wanted to experience a golden’s ‘nearly full’ puppyhood life. Carmen is already if not mistaken 5 or 6 months old. Plus I wanted a male dog.
So when I have Chester, I taught him how to fetch newspaper. Ahh he failed miserably. He hated the taste of newspaper! 😀 He was like few months old then.
Fast forward few years later (read: Now), I decided to teach him this old trick again. I start teaching him how to fetch his toothbrush & toothpaste. Since he loves having his teeth brushed, he should be able to fetch me his oral gadgets.
He did it beautifully the first time. He fetched me his toothbrush. Oh I was beaming with joy. Smart dog. I repeat the same ordeal the next day plus with a tougher object. His toothpaste. Now he can fetch both to me. One at a time. And he looked so cute clutching his toothy gadget in his mouth. He looks so adorable. He had me at hello every time he did that.
He’s refusing to fetch me his toothbrush just when I have my camera with me.
Next I teach him to fetch our house key. I do it before we go out every time so that he knows the key is for going out. So that he would fetch it to me. It was a bit difficult at first. I then strung a rafia string at the key ring and try again with him. He was then able to grab the rafia string with his mouth. He took only a few steps because he was kinda new to this ‘heavy’ object. I tried again the next day and this time he was able to complete his ‘mission’; he fetch the key to me! Ahh I’m so proud of him.
Few days later, I decided to remove the rafia string. Aiya he doesn’t know how liao. Hahahaha not smart after all or maybe scare. I’ll try again some time later without the rafia string.
Next object I want to teach him to fetch is the newspaper. I know this will be a tough one because he will think I’m giving him the newspaper to tear them apart. And no, I won’t teach him to fetch the RCU. I hate to touch slime when I’m controlling the TV.
Tsk if you’re interested to teach ‘fetch’ to your dog, you gotta speak in happy voice. Make them feel that this is a game. Give them reward as in my case, Chester will get to have his teeth brushed or go out if he brings the object to me. Also remember to pronounce the object that your dog is carrying/fetching so that they can learn & remember the word.
My commands to him for ‘Fetch’ are Gimme, Take it, Bring here, Take your xxx here.
Can your dog fetch? If yes what household items can he/she fetch?
p/s: At low light, with Chester moving around always… I need a lower aperture lens right? My lowest is 3.5. And I use Aperture priority. Or is it because my hand is shaky?