What do you need to do in order to achieve this trick?
• A Clicker
• Toys and Treats –for a reward. • An empty and full can/bottle of your preferred drink. • A towel/tug toy to wrap around the fridge handle.
What Are The Five Steps You Have To Teach The Dog?
- Desensitize to can/ bottle.
- Fetch the can/bottle.
- Open the fridge door by tugging.
- Close the fridge door.
- Distance-you have to send your dog to go get a soda.
Walking it out:
Desensitize the can/ bottle with the dog. Make sure the dog gets used to the can or bottle in its mouth. Make sure you give your dog a reward.
After the dog is comfortable with the can or bottle start teaching the dog how to fetch it. Throw the can or bottle and have the dog fetch it. Always reward with a treat until the dog feels comfortable with the object. The next step is tugging. Make sure the dog is comfortable tugging on a towel, or a braided towel because they will have to hold on to it in order to open the fridge door. Throw a treat near the fridge so you can start teaching the dog distance. The treat will lure them to fridge and then you call them back and give them another treat. Make sure to command the dog to “go get a soda’ every time you throw the treat for distance. When you are teaching the dog long distance your cue is “go get a soda’ you want to run with the dog to the fridge and give a reward. Do this a few times with our dog. In order for the dog to open the fridge, tie the towel around the fridge handle and practice tugging with your dog on the fridge. Give your dog more treats when the fridge door opens, this way they know that they did some big. Once the fridge door opens point to the soda can or bottle and repeat the cue ‘go get a soda” and make sure treats are always given for each command. Finally after practicing multiple times your dog will be ready to ‘get you a soda’ on cue.