Monday, May 20, 2013

How to Teach a Pug to Fetch

Now our mom is aware of her limitations, and she is not much of a dog trainer to be sure.  I guess you would call her and dad a bit.....permissive.   She does like to teach us some tricks though.   Now Weasley liked to chase toys but was dead set against bringing them back, here is how mom taught him to fetch.  (Yes many dogs fetch naturally, but not all of them).

Supplies Needed:

One energetic pug and one ball

One  bag treats and one clicker 

 Step 1: Present the ball to the pug and when the pug looks at the ball click and treat.

Step 2 Place the ball on the ground and click and treat when the pug looks at it, approaches it, and finally touches it.  Very gradually increase the difficulty requiring the pug to touch or mouth the ball before you click and treat.  You can also start to roll the ball at this point.  Remember work slowly and ensure success for your pug.

Step 4 Once your pug is consistently running towards the ball and touching it.  You are ready to throw the ball.   Click and treat when your pug runs to the ball and touches it.  At this point they don't have to bring the ball back.

Step 5 As soon as your pug starts putting their mouth on the ball and picking it up click and treat big time, with a jack put ( a couple of little treats).  Before long your pug will be chasing the  ball and returning it to you.   Fetch!

See the video below to see Weasley fetching away in our back lot.


  1. impressive. I like to fetch but I also like (sometimes) to make MOM chase me to get the item back. hahhaha

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  2. We are there with Goose. Fetch and good chase is what we like. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Very good job!

    If you are truly thinking of getting a corgi someday, there will be A LOT of dog training in your future. Corgis must have a job to do and they must not be allowed to rule the roost, or they will boss you around relentlessly! They have a lot of energy and fetch will be a good one for burning it off!

  4. OH that was very smart, cos at our house we fetch really really well, we just NEVER bring it back! Now, Mom will need to rethink how we play this game!
    stella rose

  5. How precious. Oh Weasley. You are one adorable pug. And I can't wait to see your other tricks.

    Hey Mom. I hope you keep up the good work. I love how you detailed every step. And all of them were funny.

  6. Now you can come and play fetch with us!!! Love your play by play too!

  7. Elliot loves to fetch his ball or toys - usually when I pick up a book and settle down, pfft dogs!
    Lynne x

  8. Great Job Weasley!! and Mom too!! Clickers and treats are great training tools!
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  9. Very cool! My Flash will fetch, but he gets halfway back and his sister takes whatever he's fetched. They they wrestle. Then they forget why they're in the middle of the yard ...

  10. Great job! Finn is our first dog who could fetch, and we all have tons of fun with it!

  11. Looks like you had fun!
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  12. Oh yes, that retrieving business. Quite good fun for one or two goes I'll grant you but, honestly, by the third throw, surely any pup with imagination has found something better to do?
    Or is that just terriers...
    Toodle pip!

  13. Very impressive stuff. I never thought a pug could ever play fetch :P

  14. That's a great step-by-step instruction for teaching the fetch! One of my boys loves to run for toy when I throw it, but he doesn't bring it back. I end up running around to get the toy :-)

  15. We don't know. Seems like a lot of running around to get a treat......

    Roxy will chase balls, and I, Daisy will too, if it's to ruin her game. But neither of us bring anything back.

    SHE's too lenient, too.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  16. I like to play that too, for a while, then I get bored and move on. The treat is the best part of course.

    Loveys Sasha

  17. Way to go Weasley! You fetch like a little pro! Gosh, I can't get Max interested in ANY toy...not even for treats! He's such a diva or is it divo?

  18. Ok, in our house, Scarlet would be training me to fetch.
    Meredith & Scarlet

  19. oh I know how to play that game too!

  20. Excellent fetching skills, Weasley!

    Thank you so much for the tips! I can't wait to show this to my dad. He thought it was ME that was doing it wrong - but in reality it was HIM. HE NEGLECTED TO BRING THE TREATS!


  21. Similar to teaching a puggle to fetch except with a puggle, you end up retreiving the ball yourself as he looks at you like you're stupid. And you must be…because you keep throwing it.

  22. We will try this one at home! Mama says my skills ended at sit and stay and we need to stop being lazy and start training again!

  23. Excellent job! Are you going to add in the "hold" and "out" commands? You might actually get your Pug to deliver to hand. He is pretty close. :)

  24. You are super cool at that.. I can't see the video, it's my end xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  25. That's so sweet to see, Renae will fetch pretty well, Susie-Belle and Twinkle haven't a clue!

  26. Great job. I'm not impressed with the whole fetch thing, but would gladly have the treats:-)

  27. My assistant is the permissive type, too! No tricks for me!

    Your pal, Pip

  28. You two make a great training team. Weasley I'm impressed you really caught on quick to the game of fetch. It's addicting once you get the hang of it. Enjoy!

  29. Great job, Weasley! I like to fetch, I just don't like to give the ball back...'keep away' is fun too..hee hee!


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  31. That is a great way to explain clicker training. Many people do not understand that some behaviors must be shaped. You gave a very good description of shaping in this post.

  32. We think fetching is a very good idea, in theory...we prefer to fetch treats though :-) Now herding - that IS fun!