I realized that Valentine has learned a ton of commands just to play fetch and tug, and this is before I make her do other tricks to get me to throw the ball. I played a quick session with her to lay out all the things a typical game has made her learn. Go Get It = Fetch. I Can't Reach It = Bring it closer to me, you dropped it too far away from me and I'm lazy. Hand = Put it in my hand. (If I don't ask, she'll usually put it right at my feet or in my lap.) Tug = Don't just stand there chewing on it, actually pull on it, dear. Drop It. (She actually learned "drop it" from the tug game.) Take It = Put it in your mouth. Catch It = Grab it before it hits the ground. (We practice that with treats. She's only allowed to eat them if she gets them before they land.) That's quite a lot of things to learn just to play one game! (Well, sort of two. But still!) Bonus: you'll also get to see how comically intense she is with her addiction to a ball. She even does her crazy dance.