Where to find the ball?

Teach your dog what specifically they are looking for


At this point your dog should be retrieving well enough for you from some basic throws. Hopefully you have got the basics and are now on to teaching your dog to fetch a tennis ball. If you are having trouble go back and have a look at the first session.

When we get really good at this game your dog will travel over lots of obstacles, get to the end, pick up the ball and head back over those obstacles. The block and ball will be out of sight for them throughout and also for you so they need to know where to find the ball so they can grab it and bring it  back. We are not teaching a formal flyball pad just yet (we'll have to build one of those!). For the moment pick a retrieval stand. One good option is a solid clay plant pot upside down so the tennis ball sits on the hole at the bottom. I have not used that here as we use it heavily for scentwork and it would only confuse my dog. Instead I have a box with holes on the bottom that a tennis ball sits nicely on. This is useful as there are two holes so I can alternate which hole the ball is on (quite like a real flyball box). If you don't have a box with a hole on the bottom it is quite easy to cut a hole big enough to sit a ball on.

Follow the step-by-step guide to teach your retrieve work.

Make sure your dog can do a simple fetch first reliably before moving on.