No matter how complicated, most dog tricks become teachable if
you think of them in terms of a series of steps preceded by other basic
training. In her book 101 Dog Tricks, Kyra Sundance
does a great job of explaining how to teach your dog this soda-fetching
trick. Here is an overview of the steps:

1. Tie a dishtowel to your refrigerator door handle.

2.
Play with your dog, encouraging him to pull on the towel, which then
opens the fridge door. Make sure that your dog keeps all four paws on
the ground as he pulls.

3. Now, take a break
for another game. This time, empty a drink can and have your dog play
fetch with it. As Sundance notes, it helps to place a foam can insulator
around the drink, giving your dog something easier to grasp.
It’s important to get your dog to associate the word
“fetch” with this beverage can.

4.
Place a full soda can (again, ideally with a foam insulator around it)
in your fridge right at the front, so your dog can quickly see and
retrieve it.

5. Close the door and play the
towel game again, this time adding the “Fetch drink”
component.

6. Train your dog to close the
door after he gets the drink. A visual cue, such as you tapping on the
front of the door, can help him understand the goal.

With
some practice, you may now be able to sit in an easy chair, give the
command “Fetch soda,” and then enjoy your cool drink
while praising your dog for its cleverness.

Article written by Author: The Dog Daily Expert

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