Okay, so they're pretty, but that's not what this is about.

Rajesh has been wanting the dogs to get the newspaper for ages. I told him that since we're short a natural retriever, we'll have to teach, and he decided to do the job himself. Very amusing to say the least. Mostly, it has involved holding the newspaper in front of the dog, asking him/her to pick it up, and then telling them all about Rin Tin Tin/Lassie/other famous dogs who apparently understood English.
As a surprise gift to him, I've decided to give it a go, although this particular exercise is not something I generally care about. So, we had lesson one today. Basically involved 'Pick it up' with a toy. I'm thinking that I will generalize that to pick up whatever I'm pointing to, and then associate names with it - Pick up toy, newspaper, whatever.

Khan's not exactly doggie Einstein. But, I pried open his mouth a couple of times, put the toy in there. He started mouthing it all by himself after that, and would even attempt to grab it off my hands so I could get to the treat dispensing part already. We started off with my handing him the toy, and by the end of the session, he picks it up off the floor .

Pan OTOH, is very smart. She figures things out. She also is the dog who likes to play fetch, and will do it reliably with balls, sticks, frisbee, etc. She just wanted me to hand her the treats. Did not want to pick anything up (although she already has an informal 'Pick it up' that we use while playing). Wouldn't open her mouth, and wouldn't hold the toy in there. Will try again tomorrow, although I have no idea what I'll do differently.
I think that I tried this once before, and dropped it off due to lack of interest on my part. This time, I intend to see it through. Those of you who've taught their dogs to fetch stuff reliably (IOW, fetch that didn't come naturally) I'd appreciate your insight.
I really should let Rajesh continue with the training. Way more entertaining that way.
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I think that I tried this once before, and dropped it off due to lack of
interest on my part. This time, I intend to see it through. Those of you
who've taught their dogs to fetch stuff reliably (IOW, fetch that didn't
come naturally) I'd appreciate your insight<<
With Halle the fox terrier I worked from the Volhard open and utility book. It was a loooong time ago, but I know I did some of the stuff differently, but not by much.
Beth
suja,mut is a dog!
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Pan OTOH, is very smart. She figures things out. She also is the dog who likes to play fetch, and ... wouldn't hold the toy in there. Will try again tomorrow, although I have no idea what I'll do differently. Suja[/nq]Great present, and good luck! All I really have to add may or may not be helpful or mean anything, but I just thought I would say that I have had exactly the same experience with Saskia, also a Great Dane. She does pick things up if we're out for a walk and she's found a ball and clearly wants to keep it she drops them frequently and then when it's time to move on I tell her to pick it up and she does. She likes to play fetch, although I had to get the idea across to her at first.

Etc., etc. But like Pan, she could not care less about learning to fetch me things around the house. If "pressured" she will nose the thing briefly and wait brightly for the treat, or even go so far as to pick it up, raise it about 3 centimeters from the floor, and drop it immediately. And wait brightly for the treat. Good luck, an dif you do get it, please tell me what worked!
Katrina
Fetch and get the newspaper are two different things and I'd love tips on how to train to take the newspaper upstairs.
We taught fetch by teaching catch, then getting dogs interested in balls or sticks. We'd often use the balls that you can put treats into because it doesn't take a genius to figure out tht you have to bring the ball back to get more treats. Drop it is essential for fetch, but that's one of the first things we teach dogs..
When dogs drop a ball too far for me to reach, I act pathetic until the dog gives me the ball.
Fetch with sticks usually lasts about two throws before the dogs settle in for a good stick chew...
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