Your Dog Will Truly Be Man’s Best Friend After Learning This Trick!
Maybe your dog can roll over, play dead or speak on command. But have you ever wished you could teach him something a little more useful, something that would help you out in your day-to-day life, like how to fetch you a beer from the fridge? Prepare to have your wish granted; Kyra Sundance, author of 101 Dog Tricks, was recently featured in a Men’s Health article that provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide that will have Fido fetching you that brewski in no time. Here’s the lowdown:
- The first step is to teach your dog how to open the fridge. Wrap a treat in a towel, hang it on the handle of the fridge, and shake it. When your dog comes over and touches the towel, reward him. Next, get your dog to put his mouth on the towel. Once he’s got the hang of it, keep on going, now rewarding him only when he bites the towel. Finally, get your dog accustomed to “open” as the cue to tug on the towel and open the door.
- Now it’s time to teach your furry friend how to get the beer from the fridge. Start by playing some rounds of fetch with an empty beer can, then try placing the can on a low shelf in the open fridge, and commanding your dog to fetch. As always, give your dog a treat for a job well done.
- Ok, now you you don’t want all that cold fridge air escaping, so it’s time to teach your dog to close the door. Leave the door open just a crack and holding a treat at your dog’s eye level, encourage him to grab the treat. Do this again using a command like “Close” or “Close the Door.” Start to raise the treat higher so your dog will need to stand on his hind legs to grab the treat. He’ll place his front paws on the front of the fridge in order to do this, which will push the refrigerator door shut. Give your dog a treat while his paws are on the door.
- Practice using the “Close” or “Close the Door” command without holding the treat on the door, only rewarding your dog after he closes the door.
- Next, try giving your dog the close door command while he is in another room.
- Keep practicing all these steps until your dog masters them, then begin phasing out individual steps and get him accustomed to a cue such as “Get Me A Beer” to complete all required steps at once.