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Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby B.E.Nelli » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:57 pm

In the process of teaching my pup to do this while its still cold outside. Gives us a little break from the little training we can do indoors. Anyone ever done this?

So far I have a tennis ball on 550 cord tied to the fridge handle. With the door open she is 100% at getting the beer to me on command. With the door closed, it takes her a bit to get enough traction on the linoleum to open it, but she does it. The hang up is after she gets the door open, she runs around the door to get the beer. Problem is the tennis ball is still in her mouth, so as she runs around the door she slams it shut. Haha, and so the circle begins. Any ideas how to get her to drop the ball immediately after the door opens?

This is way harder than any bird training, but will be totally worth it in the end ;)
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby cn44 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:22 pm

Mine would bite through the can/drop the bottle. He loves beer to the point he is a jackass while someone is drinking one he wants it so bad.
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby B.E.Nelli » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:29 pm

It took two explosions before I got smart and put a koozie on it. Problem solved. My kitchen smells like lite beer now though haha.
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:28 am

A friend used a towel tied to the door handle, which I'd not think Pup as apt to hang onto. Had his putting empties in the trash, too.

I never got past fetching cold drinks from a cooler.
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby B.E.Nelli » Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:32 am

Rick Hall wrote:A friend used a towel tied to the door handle, which I'd not think Pup as apt to hang onto. Had his putting empties in the trash, too.

I never got past fetching cold drinks from a cooler.


That's a good idea. I will try that.
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby Duckdon » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:31 am

I don 't drink beer.
Mine gets me a cup of coffee with a 2 table spoons of cream..................No not really.
The beer trick sounds like a Hoot. Let us know how it goes
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby Jarbo03 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:35 am

Haha, very cool. I do such training during the summer when too hot for anything else. The beer will be coming this year. Taz has a very strong search and retrieve of the remote right now, last summers training was a success.
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby OmegaRed » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:54 am

You have to break it down into steps.

Step 1. Opening the door. STOP. Praise on compliance
Step 2. Dropping the ball. STOP. Praise on compliance
Step 3. Associate beer with beer. How do you have this separated for the dog to know beer vs other stuff in the fridge?
Step 4. Fetch Beer. STOP. Praise on compliance
Step 5. Closing the door. STOP. Praise on compliance
Step 6. Bringing the beer to you. STOP. Enjoy a cold refreshing gulp of the good stuff.

But now that you have made it ok for the dog to open the fridge door...
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby sharris » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:10 am

I taught my dog to pick up and bring a beer to me, but our refrigerator has the cutout in the door to open it rather than a handle so there is no way to attach a towel or ball for her to grab to open the door :mad: Luckily, after about 5-10 years of marriage I was able to get my wife to retrieve a beer for me on command. :beer:

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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby HNTFSH » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:19 am

Looks like fun.

So many training opportunities - so little time!
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby Griffdom » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:44 pm

sharris wrote: Luckily, after about 5-10 years of marriage I was able to get my wife to retrieve a beer for me on command. :beer:

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Yea, Mine didn't care too much for the ear pinch, but she got through it and is a dandy at retrieving things now. :smile:
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby sharris » Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:46 pm

Griffdom wrote:
sharris wrote: Luckily, after about 5-10 years of marriage I was able to get my wife to retrieve a beer for me on command. :beer:

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Yea, Mine didn't care too much for the ear pinch, but she got through it and is a dandy at retrieving things now. :smile:


You have to use a different technique to account for the species variation. I found a butt pinch or slap, yielded a more favorable response than the ear pinch.
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby B.E.Nelli » Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:10 pm

After just a training session last night and one over lunch break I have her doing it perfectly. Gotta figure out how to load the video off of my phone!

And Rick the towel trick was just the ticket. Fixed my little hiccup.
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby B.E.Nelli » Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:20 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn4k0XFRNBg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Check it out! I've been bragging on her all day at work. Haha
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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby krazybronco2 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:04 am

Very nice work sir!


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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby Simmons_WI » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:22 am

Nice work! When I get a dog I'm surely going to have to try this


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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby quack_head23 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:30 am

Brother tried this once... Dog out smarted him though. His lab enjoyed a spiral ham one day while he was at work. That was the end of that trick although it did work great for awhile.


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Re: Does your dog retrieve beer??

Postby B.E.Nelli » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:55 am

Haha, well luckily she is kennelled while I'm at work.
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