Next, use a 1-inch wooden dowel instead of your hand. If the dog won’t let go of the dowel, twist it out, or push it back farther and he will release. Don’t get into a tug-of-war. Gradually hold the dowel farther away so Pup reaches to take it when you say “fetch.” Put it on the table so he picks it up, holds it, and gives on command. Then move to ground level. This may throw your pup, so expect some review. Finally, put it all together. Throw a bird. Say “fetch,” and when he brings it back, say “give.” When he gives, heap praise. By now, that first fall season is probably only weeks away—and your new partner is ready.