Teaching your dog to retrieve an object involves four behaviors: getting an object, holding the object, bringing the object, and releasing the object. Each step is taught separately and then put together in reverse order; you teach your dog to take and release an object and then to go to the object and bring it back. In this video, KPA CTP Dan Clark teaches a Labrador retriever (naturally!) to retrieve her bowl from the floor and, later, the cupboard!
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