A bunch of you are already dog experts and have trained many reluctant (or perhaps slow) doggos in the art of fetch. If so, stop reading this and go have fun!
But maybe you're just hanging out with your brand new puppy who is crazy excited about the idea of chasing a ball but somehow can't figure out how the whole thing works. Or is a fan of this classic:
Fetch is awesome for a bunch of reasons, but first and foremost because we all have days where we don't feel like going for a run. Those are the days we love fetch. I decided to write this post because I've had countless conversations with dog owners who struggle to get their dog to bring the ball back.
Before we get to the magic, a disclaimer:
Not all dog breeds like to play fetch.
Sad, but true. We had one of these when I was growing up. She considered herself far too posh to be chasing a ball about like a COMMONER. There's really no way to resolve this, you just have to work with what you've got. I bet your dog has a TON of other ways they like to burn energy.
After all that build up...
Here's the secret to life, the univer- I mean to fetch:
TWO HECKING BALLS.
I know, you thought it was going to be better than that. But really, throw one ball and once they get it, call your dog back (good recall is something we'll cover another time), and once they get to you, show them the other ball and throw it. Trust me, they'll totally forget about the ball they just went to get.