Teaching Chester To Fetch Toothy & Keys

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! πŸ˜€ 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?

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  • Reply FeR April 28, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    i think should be Time priority(?) instead of Aperture? If you want to freeze moving objects la…but yea, maybe need a lower f-number lens. but hey, who am I to say…low light memang susah sikit lor.

  • Reply Angie Tan April 28, 2009 at 6:51 pm


    Snoopy likes to fetch stuff but she only wants me to play with her. Rusty is not very good with fetch but quite good with “Leave It” especially when he wants to come into the house with something in his mouth.

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 28, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    FeR, tried liao but pict quality poor. I guess need a kick-a$$ lens

    Angie Tan, ah that reminds me. Haven’t use ‘Leave it’ for quite sometime with Chester.

  • Reply wuching April 28, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    eh, I can fetch toothbrush, toothpaste, keys & newspaper I won’t drool on the RCU also. I smart onot jek?

  • Reply jam April 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Perhaps you should try shutter speed priority and use slower shutter speed. But you will have to use tripod for this one. Quite inconvenient. Or you continue using aperture priority and set you aperture value to medium (F8 or F11) and adjust your exposure compensation to -1 or -1.5 depending how dark is the surrounding. Try both and let us know which works well.

  • Reply Benghui April 28, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    i have no dog now πŸ™

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Wuching, eh I can do that also la. :tongue:

    Jam, I tried higher aperture but still no good. Try snapping a dog that keeps moving & wags his tail in the house.

    Benghui, I feel your pain Benghui. I once lost a dog. The pain is still in my heart. But don’t be like me. Don’t keep the pain. Be happy. Smile and you will feel your heart smile with you. Take care dear.

  • Reply foongpc April 28, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I don’t own a dog so it’s quite interesting to read about how you train your dog πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amber-Mae April 29, 2009 at 3:50 am

    We can fetch anything! Whatever my Mommy asks us to fetch, we will do it. Chloe always fetches the groceries from the car & bring it all the way inside to the kitchen, place them on the floor & go out again & fetch another one. She fetches light ones & even heavy ones too. Once, she also fetched wood planks & PVC poles! She’s a natural where else I am not too keen at it so most of the time I’m forced to. Hee! In case you don’t know, British/European Goldens like Chloe & Carmen(just as long they are cream colored Goldens) are natural at retrieving where else American Goldens(like Chester & me) are not. I’m not a natural retriever! I was taught how to fetch. Chloe was not taught how to do it at all, she just does it on her own & she always has something in her mouth all the time be it a teddy bear or some piece of rubbish she picks up on the floor as a present for my hoomans. BOL!

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 29, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Foongpc, yeah it’s fascinating for me too to see how others train their dogs. πŸ˜€

    Amber-Mae, :applause: :kowtow: to Chloe & Amber. Wow you guys are so smart. Chloe can even fetch grocery? Wow :kowtow: I didn’t know that cream colored Goldens are natural retriever and golden Goldens are not. Thanks for the info.

  • Reply annant April 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    my stupid giant ass can’t fetch one… :grrr:

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Annant, you know… maybe your dog just doesn’t want to show you what she can do. :tongue:

  • Reply Dawn April 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    My boys only know how to fetch frisbees, tennis balls and chew bones. I didn’t teach them to fetch any other items in the house. Cooper and Chase are the two fetching freaks. I use “drop” or “give” commands to release.

  • Reply iWalk April 29, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I didn’t leo anything.

    But he love play toys with me,So when I ask him “where is your toy?”, he will take it to me. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 30, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Dawn, Chester doesn’t know how to catch Frisbee. He knows how to destroy it only. Aiyoo.

    iWalk, yeah they know ya. πŸ˜‰

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