– Playing fetch with
your dog is a great way for them to burn off energy.
(digital pop) But sometimes it might be
snowy or muddy outside, or whatever your motivation is. It’s a really nice skill for them to have if they can bring that ball
directly back to your hand. And that’s what we’re
gonna learn about today. I’m Ken Steepe, and welcome
back to McCann Dogs. (guitar chord)
(dog barking) Now, if this is your first time on the channel and you consider your dog a family member,
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Kayl published a video a while ago that shows you how you can get your dog to love retrieving, how to teach your dog
(digital pop) to love bringing the ball back. And I’ll actually post a
link to that video up there, but the essence was
teaching Bee-Line to bring the ball back every single
time and with great motivation. So we’re gonna build on
some of those skills today. Now, to start off, your dogs
gonna need an out command or a drop command so
that when you tell them to give up the ball they do it quickly. Now, I’m just gonna
(digital pop) kinda breeze over teaching the
actual out or drop it command in this exercise, ’cause
I really wanna get to the putting it in my hand part. But if you haven’t worked on
an out or drop it exercise with your dog, you’re gonna
need some sort of trade. And for Rad, I know that he loves cheese. So I’ve cut up some
cheese, and we’re gonna use cheese as that food trade. But if you have a dog who
loves toys more than treats, we’re gonna talk about that as well. Now, I’m gonna use this
interactive toy to show you guys the outline of the out
command, and it’s gonna be all about timing, as is
a lot of dog training. So I’m gonna get Rad tugging
and playing with this toy. Then I’m gonna give him the out command, and then show him a piece of food. What I wanna do is successfully show him that every time I say that word, a treat is gonna be presented to him, so that he pairs the
hearing the out command with something better being presented. Okay, tug!
(rustling) Tug, tug, tug, tug, tug! Get that tug! Tug, tug, tug, tug, tug! Good boy, tug, tug, tug! And I’m gonna grab my treat. Good boy, tug, tug, tug! Out, and then present the treat. Good boy, very nice. Good. So let’s try that again. Tug, yeah, good boy! Tug, tug, tug. Good boy! Tug, tug, tug, get that toy! Good, good boy! Tug, tug, tug, tug, tug, tug! Out, present the treat. Yes, good boy! Now, I want you guys to
practice that one several times. If your dog doesn’t have an out command, make sure you go through that process. And pay special attention to the timing. As Rad was tugging, he’s totally
engaged, I grabbed a treat. I said out, then presented the food. When he dropped that toy, I
rewarded him with the food. And I can even capture
that moment with a “Yes.” So as he drops it, tug,
tug, tug, tug, tug. Tug, tug, tug, tug, tug, out. Yes, good boy! That’ll buy me a couple of extra seconds to get that treat and then reward him. Now, if you have a dog who loves toys more than they love food, your gonna do the exact same steps in this process. You’re gonna just interchange a toy with the food that we
were showing you before. Now, I’m gonna wanna know which
toys my dog loves the most. He really seems to like
this fabric frisbee, and he kind of likes this rope toy. So what I’m gonna do is
I’m gonna engage with him using this rope toy,
playing a game of tug. I’m gonna issue that out command, or drop command, maybe, in your case. And then I’m gonna show him the frisbee so that we’re gonna
exercise that same timing that we get using the food, and
I’ll show you how that goes. Good boy!
(rustling) Good, I got him tugging!
(growling) Good boy, tug, tug, tug! Good boy, and out! Yes, tug! Good boy! Very good! You saw how much Rad
likes this fabric frisbee. He was really willing to give up the rope toy in exchange for the frisbee. And out, good boy. So you can see how you can
easily interchange a toy, in this case, the fabric frisbee
that he loves, with food. So find out what your dog loves the most, but makes sure you go
through several repetitions of practicing that drop or out command before you move on to the next step. I’ve set some things up in the hallway, and I’ve actually put on the GoPro so I can bring you guys
right in close to the action. But you can see I’m using the
hallway for our demonstration, and the hallway can be
a really great place to practice your retrieving skills. It gives the dog less options to be wrong, and I’ll show you what
I mean in just a minute. Once your dog starts
to understand the value of the out command, we’re actually gonna pair that with a new command. And for Rad, I’m gonna say “In my hand.” Now, every time I say “In my hand,” I’m gonna present my hand to him. And then I’m gonna say “Out,” and allow him to drop
that ball in my hand. Sooner or later I’m gonna be able to drop that out command,
and every time he hears “In my hand,” and drops the
ball, he’s gonna be rewarded. In my hand, out! Yes, good boy! Good boy!
(rustling) In my hand, out! Yes, good boy! In my hand. Present my hand, out. Yes, good boy! I’ve got some of these great
cheese treats that Rad loves, and I’ve also got the tennis ball, and I’m gonna show you guys how to insist that Rad puts the ball in
my hand before I reward him. K buddy.
(rustling) Go get the ball, get the ball! Get it, get it, get it! K, so he brings it back,
offer him my hand, oops! You gotta get that ball! Now, I’m gonna make sure that he puts that ball right in my hand. Get your ball! Good. Yes, good boy! Now, a couple things I did there. When I showed Rad my
hand, he tried to put it in my hand, dropped the
ball, and it missed. Now, I didn’t pick up the ball. I made sure that I insisted
that he get the ball again and then give me that drop it or that out, so that the ball went into my hand. And I wasn’t gonna offer up
a reward until that happened. So you’ll see that I accept nothing less than Rad putting right it in my hand before he gets that treat reward. And I even make it a
little bit easier for him if he misses the first time. Get that ball, get that ball! Put it here in my hand. Almost buddy, get that ball!
(thumping) Yes, good boy! Way better, nice job buddy! Get the ball, in my hand. Yes, good boy! And you saw Rad had to work a little bit harder for
it that second time. I raised my hand a little
bit and moved it over. But the only way he
was getting that reward was if he dropped the ball in my hand. Now, if your dog gets stalled out at all and they keep dropping the
ball in the same place, use some motion to
really encourage the dog to move toward you, and
I’ll show you what I mean. Get that ball, bring it here! In my hand. Almost! Now, I intentionally let that ball drop, and I’m gonna move backwards so that Rad has to move into me a little bit closer. Almost! Get the ball, in my hand! See, I’m moving. Yes, good boy! I was moving away from
him each and every time. I was really insisting that he brings the ball toward me all the way in. In my hand. Oh, almost.
(thumping) And I’m going out of my
way to drop this ball, ’cause he’s almost got it. Yes, good boy! Nice job buddy! But the only way he gets that reward is if he places the ball
directly in my hand. Now, I don’t need to use
food all the time for this, because there’s gonna become a point, once your dog learns that
putting the ball in your hand means you’re gonna throw it away again. But I would still throw
in the odd food reward, because your dog’s gonna get excited about going to fetch the ball. So if every single time they
drop the ball in your hand you immediately throw it
away, they’re gonna lose value on that returning it to your hand part. So occasionally reward them with food until your dog truly understands that each and every time the
ball needs to go in your hand. Now, today is a perfect example of a time when I want
my dog to bring the ball directly back to my hand,
because it is snowing like crazy and I just don’t wanna have
to dig through the snow once he brings the ball back. So let’s practice our skill outside. Where’s the ball?! Yes, good boy! Bring it right here. Oops, get it, in my hand! Yes, good boy! Get the ball! Get it! Good boy, right here! Bring it, bring it here! Right in my hand!
(panting) Yeah, oops! So I’ll move back. Get the ball! Almost! Yes, good boy! Very nice! So if your dog struggles at all with dropping the ball
before he gets to you or dropping the ball in
a completely wrong spot, make it easier for him to be right. Because you really want to teach him through a succession of correct choices. And once your dog
understands to bring the ball directly back to your hand, you can start to throw in those other things. You remember how much Rad
loved that fabric frisbee. So we’ll insist that Rad brings the fabric frisbee right back to our hand the same way we do with the tennis ball. Rad, in my hand!
(mellow electronic music) In my hand! Yes, okay. Now, there are lots of different ways you could apply this in my hand skill, whether that’s a tennis
ball, or a frisbee, or maybe you can teach your dog to go bring you the remote
and put it in your hand. It’d be a really fun way to apply this skill to other objects. Now, if this is your
first time on the channel, make sure you hit that subscribe button. We publish new videos every single week to help you spend some quality time with your four-legged family member. And see that video beside us? That’s a video that YouTube thinks that you’ll wanna watch next
that’s from our channel. On that note, I’m Ken, this is Rad. Happy training.

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16 thoughts on “How To Train Your Dog To Drop A Ball DIRECTLY Into Your Hand – Professional Dog Training Tips”

  1. My dog drops it nearby and no matter how hard I try she will not keep hold or drop over my hand!

  2. I've heard several people say that the adhesive material found on the seams of tennis balls can erode the enamel on your dogs teeth. Is there any truth to that?

  3. Border Collie pup arriving in 10 days. Really enjoying your easy teaching style. Keep the videos coming. Dan (Spain)

  4. My Spaniel is totally ball obsessed, and if she is playing with one toy (a ball probably) she won't stop and switch toys, even if it is another tennis ball, or another of the same toy. She sometimes drops toys for treats, but then just sits there and waits for more treats, devoid of any interest for the toy. Any tips?

    She has recently started coming in when no one throws a ball for her and dropping it just inside the door frame, running outside and lying down and waiting. We do encourage this, but we can't play with her all the time, as it happens during dinner e.c.t.

  5. I’m in a wheelchair so I can’t bend down and get the ball when he is wrong. My dog will retrieve the ball and drop it at my feet. I present my hands and he doesn’t know what I’m asking. So I don’t know what to do. Once I present a treat the ball has no value no matter if he has eaten or not. Please help? I do have a friend who is not in a wheelchair who can help but he just brings the call to her even if I’m the person who threw it

  6. When do you stop rewarding your dog with food? Or how? I don't want my dog to wait for food every time after I gave a command for the rest of its life

  7. My dog really likes to chew very close to the part that my hand has any thoughts on my hand not turning into a chew toy

  8. It would be nice to see this with a dog that’s Never done Out/Drop. I’d also love to see a more detailed video on how to teach Out.

  9. Greetings.

    I've no questions.
    I like your helpful knowledge, will be trying this in the future.

    Have a great day "McCann Dog Training".

  10. What if my dog will drop the ball but just far enough out of reach and she is protective of the toy so she will not bring it to me ?

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