Fetch – or not

The first time we did fetch at dog training classes, almost all the other dogs ran after their toys and most of them brought them back. When it was our turn my biped waved my toy about and then threw it and said, “Fetch!” I sat and looked at her. She repeated, “Fetch!” I put my head on one side and remained where I was. The trainer soon decided it was the turn of the next dog and my biped had to go and get my toy herself.

My biped asked the trainer for some tips on how to get me to fetch more reliably. She explained that we worked on it at home and that I would sometimes do it, but I’d only ever do it once. You’d think she’d be pleased that I do it at all!

The trainer said, “Choose one of her favourite toys and don’t let her play with it, except for special games with you. Bring it with you next week and we’ll soon have her fetching reliably!”

The next week arrived and we took my favourite rope tug toy with us. We all did some work and then the trainer said, “It’s time to work on Clowie’s fetch now! Pick up her special toy and take her into the middle of the hall, get her to sit and then remove her lead. Play with her toy until she gets really excited and tries to take it from you – that’s when you throw it and ask her to fetch.”

Fetch? You make me laugh!

Fetch? You make me laugh!

Once she’d removed my lead, my biped started throwing my toy into the air. I sat and watched. She started jumping and making silly noises. I sat and watched. She started running around me, still throwing the toy into the air and making noises. I sat and watched.

The trainer asked another biped to join in the game. Someone held her dog and she came and started to play catch with my biped. They were running around and having lots of fun! I settled myself down in a more comfortable position with my head on my paws. It was lovely to watch the bipeds playing!

The trainer asked yet another biped to join in the game. They started throwing my toy across me and they sounded really excited. It was getting exhausting watching them! I flopped over onto my side, so that I could take a nap. The trainer decided that the bipeds had played for long enough.

The trainer told my biped that we needed to work hard on my fetch in the week. My biped asked her if she had any other ideas on how to make me more enthusiastic about it. The trainer said to keep trying to make a toy really exciting and I would decide to fetch it. She was wrong about that!

I still don’t understand why some dogs encourage their bipeds to think fetch is lots of fun. I see dogs running and getting the toy again and again. I will sometimes fetch something for my bipeds once, when I really want to please them. But I have no intention of making a habit of it! Do you like to play fetch?

See you next Wednesday!

137 Comments

  1. Greetings Pyrenean cousin. Me and Nellie do participate in fetch games either. Fetch is for silly dogs. If, mummy wants to throw one of my toys around the lawn, that is her business. It is not for Me and Nellie to go and interfer with her actions. We are too busy snoozing in the sunshine. Love Nellie and Jasper, the two bestest maremmas in all the land.

  2. I’m totally with you Clowie. If they want something fetched let them do it themselves!! Zac taught me well and I am now passing my wisdom onto the pup.
    As we’re not service dogs I’m not sure that The Help is fully committed to fetch anyway – she doesn’t want the pup to get a ball complex where all he does is want them to throw a ball and fetch it like some dogs do. They end up not socializing or doing much else.
    And it’s not like we’re being taught to do anything useful like fetch the phone when it rings or fetch dinner!
    So with her ambiguity about the whole thing it is easy for us to make a stand – or rather a sit – about it ๐Ÿ˜€

    • They should indeed! Most bipeds need to be encouraged to take more exercise, so it would be totally pointless to fetch things for them. And you get plenty of exercise keeping Raffles entertained.

  3. LOL Love it! My Dalmatian felt exactly the same way. Gave me a look that said “YOU fetch, cuz I’m not interested”. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Clowie, no we do not play fetch we see no point in doing so. If our human throws it we look at her – good job now go and get it. What a dumb game that is! Mom said Satin her Pyr did not fetch either. She would pick it up and run for you to chase her and try to take it away. Satin loved that game ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It is thoroughly pointless to fetch things for them, when most bipeds would benefit from the exercise! I love the game where I run off with a toy and they chase me to try to get it – that’s what I call fun.

  5. Oh Clowie, how eminently sensible! I’ve never quite worked out the importance of that one either ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. Clowie, Clowie, Clowie. What they clearly haven’t figured out is that the really, really, really smart doggies like us feel no need or desire to ‘fetch.’ It is pointless servitude when we know quite well they are just going to throw it again. I see my aussie/sheltie mix brother weasel and little chihuahua (pain-in-the-doghind) brother monkey go fetch over and over. All they get out of it is tired. And i just laugh and laugh (silently, of course). I thought my laughing days may soon be numbered when I heard momma call a trainer about teaching me to fetch her phone in emergency situations. I don’t know how THAT’s going to work out but I remain cautiously hopeful that it means extra carrots. We’ll just have to see about that.

    • It is pointless! I like a game that I need to think about. But I do find it quite amusing when I see dogs at the park running back and forth with the same toy. I can see that fetching a phone in an emergency could be a good thing to do, but be careful to negotiate a good reward ratio!

  8. I love playing fetch Clowie, my Humom taught me with little cat biscuits ๐Ÿ™‚ If I brought it back I got a little treat ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful Wednesday xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  9. My thoughts on the matter…if they are stupid enough to through it away they can go and collected it! Occasionally I do run after a thrown toy, but I never bring it back – usually I find a lovely muddy puddle and put said toy into the middle of it and refuse to go back and get it! This usually ends with them waiding into said muddy puddle!

  10. We play fetch only when the mood takes us Clowie and that is how it should be we say. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  11. Hi Clowie it’s Badger Boo here **waves paw wildly**

    Fetch is the most pawsome game ever it will make you feel very, very happy playing with your hoomans. I’ve trained mine to keep throwing my ball even when they are exhausted from it BOL

    Although my surrogate mum Meegan the Rottweiler wouldn’t fetch a ball for all the treats in England, she said it was beneath somepup of her breeding to do such silly things for hoomans.

    Sorry it’s been a while since I popped bye to say hello.

    Badger Boo xxxxxx

    • Hi Badger Boo, it’s lovely to see you again!
      I’m glad you enjoy playing fetch, but you haven’t convinced me that it would be fun. I prefer playing games like football with my bipeds. If it looks like they’re going to win, I run off with the ball.

  12. That made me laugh, Clowie! Skye loves to play fetch, but Charlie doesn’t see the point in it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Good for you Clowie! Fetching is exhausting…..I did it for a few weeks when I was a baby but who wants to get all hot and sweaty as a grown up??? Not me!!!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  14. I am very happy about this post, C. Fetch confuses me. If I bring the ball back, Mom gives me a treat, so sometimes, I will do it. It just seems like an exercise in futility, since she immediately thows it AGAIN! I much prefer to get the ball and bring it onto the couch and try to hatch it like an egg.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    • Cupcake, you should do what you enjoy doing with the ball. I agree with you about the futility of it, if they throw it more than once then they need to learn to go and get it for themselves!

  15. I laughed so loud all the dogs came running. I suspect Clowie is one of the really smart dogs who think if you throw it, you should go get it yourself. Hilarious!

  16. Sigh … these Humans are crazy … but what to do … you’ve gotta love them ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. My Kuvasy sis isn’t into fetch either. Sometimes she will run and get the ball but then she just runs around with it and won’t bring it back. Some dogs just weren’t meant to play fetch I think.

  18. I might chase the ball, but I only bring it back if I want to. The way I see it, if they want it so badly then they shouldn’t throw it away!

  19. Interesting concept Clowie, why do dogs fetch, is it to please, is it for fun, or are they just tidying up after the idiot human throws things away ?
    Ian

  20. Dottie loves to play fetch and will go for hours if you let her, Boomer on the other hand prefers to play keep away!

  21. I like to run and get it but I don’t bring it back to the pawents. I will drop it 2 ft away from them and make them FETCH it themselves. BOL!

  22. Great job Clowie! We like to play on OUR terms, not on the terms of some bipeds! I will occasionally “fetch”, but ONLY if I want to! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  23. Clowie we love to play fetch but that is just our taste. Humans can be so entertaining. We would have paid good bones to see your human run around and make you excited about fetching.

    -Bella and DiDi

  24. Now you are thinking like a cat! None of my cats will fetch and bring it back. Occasionally, but only if it’s catnip, they will actually chase something but once they have it, it’s theirs and woe is anyone who tries to take it away! Good dog!

  25. Clowie, you are the SMARTEST dog in the world, getting your biped out to do all that exercise. You probably added a million years to her life, BOL. Very impressive. Who cares about fetching, now us, we’re not fetch dogs. Throw it and we’ll go to it and chew it to death, BOL. Oh you sure did make us BOL & BOL reading this one. wag wag, Max & Bella

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