Everyone knows that dogs are man’s best friend and part of being a good friend is grabbing your pal a beer now and then. The only thing better than an ice-cold beer is an ice-cold beer delivered by your Great Dane! While it might seem a bit of a stretch to teach your Dane to fetch beer, it may be easier than you think. The trick is to teach the process in steps.
Step 1: Turn A Beer Can Into A Toy
The first step is to familiarize your Dane with a beer can and the best way to do that is to make it into a toy. Grab an empty beer can. (if you don’t have one, you probably know the best way to empty one) and put and encourage your Dane to play fetch with it.
We recommend tossing the can in front of the refrigerator and telling Fido to fetch. Every time your Dane retrieves the can for you be sure to reward him with a treat and then give it another toss. Eventually, your Dane will associate the beer can with a fun game of fetch and yummy treats.
Pro Tip: It’s a good idea to rinse out the practice can and let it dry overnight. That way your kitchen won’t smell like a bar.
Step. 2: Let’s Play Tug-o-War
Get a nice length of rope and play tug-o-war with your Dane to entice him to pull on it. Once he realizes that tugging the rope is a fun game too, tie it off to the refrigerator door. Again encourage your Dane to pull on the rope. Considering the size of the Great Dane it shouldn’t take long for him to open the fridge. When he manages to open the fridge be sure to reward him with a treat.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to remove the rope from the refrigerator door when you are not there to supervise. Once Fido realizes he can open the refrigerator, it will be open season on your leftovers.
Step 3: Two Games In One
Now that your Dane knows how to open the fridge and looks at the beer can as a toy, it’s time to put the two together. Place the empty beer can in the fridge on a lower shelf free of obstacles and distractions. By distractions, we mean that leftover turkey sandwich that you were planning on having for lunch.
Get your Dane to pull on the rope and open the door. Once the door is open, prop your foot against it to keep it open and tell your Dane “Get the beer!”. If he doesn’t catch on at first, point to the can and encourage him to “Get the beer!”. When he does grab the can praise him and give him a treat. Repeat this process several times until Fido opens the door and grabs the beer every time he hears the “Get the beer!” command.
Pro Tip: If you put the can in the door iy may be easier for your Dane to grab it. Also, we were serious about the turkey sandwich. I’ve never met a Dane that can resist a turkey sandwich.
Step 4: The Old Switcharoo
Now that your Dane is fetching the empty beer can on command it’s time to switch it out with the real McCoy. Replace the empty can with a full one and give the “Get the beer!” command. If he has trouble with the full beer you might want to put a koozie on it to give it some grip.
If all goes as planned Fido will bring you a cold one and you will reward him with a nice treat! If Fido struggles with it, don’t give up. Your Dane wants to please you and you want a cold beer, so keep practicing until he’s got it down.
Pro Tip: Unless you like slobber in your beer, you might want to put the can upside down in the fridge.
Step 5: Closing The Door
So, you have Fido trained to fetch an actual beer from the fridge on command. Congratulations! Now before you kick back and start your new-found freedom you might want to teach your Dane to close the refrigerator door. Otherwise, the next beer he brings you will be a little warm and your power bill will be through the roof.
Leave the fridge door slightly open for this step. Dangle a treat above your dog so that they get up on their hind legs and leans their front paws against the door. This will close the door. Say “Close it” when you’re doing this, and reward your dog when he puts his paws on the door.
Disclaimer: We can not be held responsible for slobbery beers, punctured cans, or missin turkey sandwiches.