Dog won't fetch? There are several reasons why. Whole Dog Journal is here to teach you how to train your dog to retrieve - whether it be for honing obedience skills or just for fun.
Whether youre interested in an informal fetch or a formal retrieve, your task will be easier if you encourage rather than discourage retrieve-related behaviors early in your relationship with your dog. When he has something in his mouth, praise him; tell him hes a good dog! If its something hes allowed to have, you can sometimes praise him and let him be, and other times, you can say Trade! and trade him a treat for the item. Or, trade him a treat for the item, and then give him the item back again. Thats quite a reward!