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There's an Angry Guard Dog on your tail, what to do? Grab a stick, say "here boy" while waving the stick and whistling, and throwing it as far away from you as possible.

Sometimes, this will not be limited to a dog and a stick. Possibly due to All Animals Are Domesticated or All Animals Are Dogs.

Examples of Go Fetch include:

Anime and Manga

  • There was a joke in Inuyasha where Kagome got the eponymous character to fetch a stick.
  • In Dragon Ball, Jackie Chun tricks the Man-Wolf into going out of bounds at the 22nd Tenka'ichi Budokai by throwing a bone. Man-Wolf was not amused...though the audience was.

Film - Animation

  • Carl uses a tennis ball from his cane to clear Muntz's dogs out of Kevin's room in Up.

Film - Live Action

  • Grant is able to stop a pissed T-Rex from crushing a stalled jeep (with children inside) with a flare in Jurassic Park. Unfortunately Malcolm decides he's going to do the same thing... it doesn't go as well for him. Justified in that the rex's vision is supposed to be so bad in the dark and the rain that all it could follow was the movement of the flare.
    • Dennis Nedry tries it with a Dilophosaurus. It looks at him like he's an idiot before it starts spitting venom at him.
  • A running gag in Night at the Museum is that the T-rex skeleton can be distracted by throwing one of its ribs for it. It acts exactly a dog anyway.


Live Action TV

  • Subverted in The Tenth Kingdom; Wolf snarkily attempts to do this with Prince after he's been turned into gold. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny.
    • The same thing was again done later, by Tony, after using the magic wishing well. This time it seems to be the key that does the trick, since Prince breaks out of the gold right afterward.

Real Life

  • Subverted in real life. Professionally trained Attack, Bomb/Drug-sniffer, and Guard Dogs will ignore such distractions and stay on target.

Video Games

  • One of the puzzles in King's Quest V involves throwing a stick for a dog which has been terrorizing an anthill.
  • This is how to get past the H.R. Giger-ized dog in the Dark World in Darkseed, or else it kills the player.
  • In the Medal of Honor games, it's not advised to do this with the attack dogs and a hand grenade.

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • Done by Bugs Bunny in Looney Tunes episode "A Hare Grows in Manhatten" and (with a stick of dynamite) "The Gray-Hounded Hare."
  • Done in one of the Tom and Jerry cartoons (and is actually one of the few times Tom talks). The dog falls for it.
  • This has been done to Brian on Family Guy.
  • In Total Drama World Tour, Deadpan Snarker Noah tricks a yeti into believing he threw something to fetch.
  • In Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Monterey Jack uses a wrench for this trope in order to distract a robot Angry Guard Dog.
  • In a Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode, Kodos manages to get an eager-to-help Bart away from him by asking him to fetch a wrench that he dropped, which he throws as far as he possibly can.

 Bart: (chasing after it) I'm helping! I'm helping!