If your dog has mastered the basics, it's time to teach a trick that's both a huge party hit and actually useful: fetching a beer on command. Follow these steps to teach your dog how to open the fridge, deliver the beer, and even close the refrigerator door after he's done.
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Open the fridge. Put a smelly treat inside a dish towel and tie the towel to the door handle. Wiggle the towel and reward your dog for touching it. (b) Wait for him to put his mouth on the towel, say "good!" and give him a treat. (c) Once your dog is biting the towel, reward him only when he pulls it. In the final stage, use "open" as your cue for him to pull hard and open the door.
Maneuver the treat. Open the door a few inches and hold a treat against the door at your dog's nose height. Encourage him to "Close. Get it!" When he shows interest in the treat, raise it higher against the door, just out of his reach. In an attempt to reach it, the dog will raise both front paws and slam the door closed. For best results, reward him when his paws are on the door.
Deliver the reward. Once your dog has the hang of the first step, try tapping the door to encourage him to push on it. Reward him for closing the door.
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Finish the training. Finally, send him from a distance to "close" the door. Once your dog is comfortable with all three steps, start to phase out individual commands and use "Get me a beer" to represent it all. (Source: Kyra Sundance, author of 101 Dog Tricks.)
How To Teach Your Dog To Fetch A Beer
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