Pet lovers always want to keep their pets healthy and entertained. Getting your pet more active through playing activities is a great way to keep them healthy and entertained. If you are a dog owner, then you may have heard about devices can automatically play fetch with your dog. These devices allow your furry friend to play and have fun whether you are home or not.
Automatic ball launchers are either battery or AC powered devices that can throw balls about 10 to 30 feet so that your dog can play catch or fetch. Ball launchers are portable and can be used indoors or outdoors.
Whether your pet is a puppy or adult dog, a ball launcher is the perfect toy to keep them active. Your dog can play alone with these devices but in order to do so you will need to spend some time training her. Dogs can easily be trained within a few days by following our handy guidelines mentioned below.
Step 1 – Introduce Your Dog
At first, start your training by introducing your dog to the new toy. He or she may be scared at first as the launcher moves and makes noise. If your dog is scared or feels threatened, don’t force her to play. Take your time and reintroduce the device until your dog becomes more comfortable. As with any other dog training, there is no need to rush the process. Leave your dog for a couple of hours with the device until she becomes calm and relaxed. Put a tasty treat beside the ball launcher to help acclimate your dog to the device.
Step 2 – Train Your Dog to Fetch and Return
When your dog becomes comfortable with the ball launcher, then get ready to start the training. Let your dog see what you are doing and turn on the ball launcher and drop a ball into it. If your dog returns the ball to you, then praise her and give her a treat. Repeat the process several times. Continue for 5 to 10 minutes.
Step 3 – Let Your Dog Learn a New Way to Return
Now that your dog has adjusted and is comfortable enough with this toy (collecting balls and earning treats), she may start realizing that she has the ability to operate the ball launcher without assistance. As she is enjoying the new toy, direct her to the launcher to return the ball there instead of to you. Be sure to provide a treat as a reward if she appropriately returns the ball to the launcher.
Step 4 – Correct Your Dog’s Mistakes
If your dog fails to return the ball to the ball launcher, she may get confused when not provided with a treat. Correct her faults and show her by pointing where you expect her to return the ball. Provide a treat after every successful return to the launcher. Eventually, she will become an expert at fetch and retrieve on her own.
Ball launchers generally come with different length settings. You can increase the length and make adjustments to fit the needs of your dog. Gradually, your dog will be more confident and after a few days will be able to play alone.
Dog training takes a lot of patience and hard work. It takes time to properly train your dog so don’t get discouraged if you think she is not learning quickly enough. Training your dog to use an automatic ball launcher will keep her active and allow her to play alone and get exercise while you are away from home