How To Train A Dog To Fetch His Bowl

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

Fetching a bowl is an excellent trick where your dog fetches his food bowl to ask you to fill it with food. This looks great however you may be fending off a hungry dog more often than you would like.

  1. Begin training this by targeting your dog to his food bowl. Bring the food bowl into the training area and draw your dog’s attention to it.
  2. Each time he touches the bowl you must reinforce and reward the action.
  3. Begin to withhold the reward until your dog realizes that he must move the bowl for the desired result. Add your command word.
  4. Next only reward when your dog picks the bowl up. Then only when he holds it until you take it from him. When you take the bowl from your dog add another small reward into the bowl and allow him to eat it straightaway.
  5. Practice until your dog can pick the bowl up and bring it to you.

Top tip; if your dog loses confidence just go back to stage two and work through them more slowly to ensure that he has learned what he needs to progress.

Dog trainers love this trick because a hungry and persistent dog will never allow you to forget their meal.

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Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover, dog trainer, and founder of Success Dogs. He takes pride in his ability to help dog owners improve their relationship with their dogs, and stop the frustrating things that so often make the early years of dog ownership more frustrating than enjoyable.

1 Comment

  • Lina Van Der White

    Reply Reply February 18, 2018

    Hi I have two Gerberian Shepsky puppies as a very sweet mellow white blue eyed German sheperd she’s a 1/4 husky. The other 2 are half and half but look more husky. The Female rough housing super energetic one is the most hard headed they are only 7 wks old and the GSD also female is only 6 wks I wanted to wait until they were all at least 8 weeks but I pretty much had to save them from a most likely doom as even the mother of the shepskys got very sick. I want to train them to be assistance/ service dogs. Do you know where or how I can start with that? I’m in Houston Texas but willing to travel if it’s not over4 hours driving time. I need my GSD for me I’m a wheelchair,and the white Shepsky for my son who is hearing impaired. The third for a guard dog. Thank you.

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