How to Teach Your Dog to Fetch a Beer

Step 3: Closing the Fridge

Step 3aLeave the fridge door slightly open for this step. Dangle a treat above your dog so that they get up on their hind legs and leans their front paws against the door. This will close the door. Say “Close it” when you’re doing this, and reward your dog when he puts his paws on the door.



Step 3bAgain, move further away, leaving the fridge open. Tell your dog to “Close it”. Reward your dog whenever he closes the fridge. This is the last individual step in the process.



Step 4: Put it All Together

Step 4cThis is the final phase so grab another hefty handful of treats. Stand close to the fridge. Ask your dog to “Get me a beer”. He should now be comfortable opening the fridge door. While the fridge door is open, tell the dog to “fetch”. Have him put the beer in your hand and reward him. Repeat the previous step, but this time say “Close it” after he grabs the can and reward him profusely after he’s brought you the beer.



Step 4dMove a little further away and say “Get me a beer”. Your dog should open the fridge door but if he forgets to, just grab the beer or close the fridge, and remind him verbally. Reward him when he brings you the beer (having done everything he was expected to do). Keep doing this and eventually most dogs will complete all of the tasks with a single command: “Get me a beer”.


Practice these steps for a couple days and your dog will be fetching you beers faster than you can drink them. Now if only you could just teach him how to shovel the driveway…

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