Created By: KZN02 on August 28, 2010 Last Edited By: KZN02 on August 28, 2010
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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 as far away from you as possible.

Sometimes, the dog and stick will be substituted. Possibly due to All Animals Are Domesticated.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • There was a joke in Inuyasha where Kagome got the eponymous character to fetch a stick.

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
  • Dr. Malcolm is able to stop a pissed T-Rex from crushing a stalled jeep (with children inside) with a flare from Jurassic Park.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Subverted in The 10th 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.

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 Dark Seed, or else it kills the player.

Web Comics
  • While not deliberately done, Florence from Freefall, who is an uplifted wolf, as well as an extremely intelligent rocket scientist (in the sense that she's researching next-generation FTL-drives in her spare time) - is shown to be vulnerable to this. Despite being preoccupied with a major moral and technical conondrum at the time, when a ball goes bouncing by, she just goes "BALL!" and leaps after it. Having been raised as an ordinary puppy probably has a lot to do with it.
  • Misho from Keychain of Creation uses it deliberately to distract his Lunar partner, Marena. She's basically a shape-shifting fox, but it still works... it is described as "A technique developed by the ancient Solars for controlling their Lunar partners", and Misho mostly uses it to distract Marena when she's frustrated by being in heat (and him being a Chaste Hero).

Western Animation
  • Done by Bugs Bunny in Looney Tunes episode "A Hare Grows in Manhatten".
  • 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.

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Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • August 24, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Variant: Dr. Malcolm is able to stop a pissed T-Rex from crushing a stalled jeep (with children inside) with a flare from Jurassic Park.
  • August 24, 2010
    caravaggio
    Attempted in The Lightning Thief against Cerberus who ignores it. Then they pull out a ball and play it completely straight.
  • August 24, 2010
    Kellor
    And Nedry tried to distract that dilophosaurus with a stick.
  • August 24, 2010
    Fanra
    This has been done to Brian on Family Guy.
  • August 24, 2010
    the grene kni3t
  • August 25, 2010
    Arivne
    I remember Bugs Bunny doing this to get rid of a dog in an old Looney Tunes short, but can't find the title.
  • August 25, 2010
    MrInitialMan
    Done in one of the Tom And Jerry cartoons (and is actually one of the few times Tom talks). The dog falls for it.
  • August 25, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    @ Arivne: It happens in "A Hare Grows in Manhatten''. Now I'm trying to think of the one where a character (Daffy?) distracts a dog by throwing a stick, and when he fetches it, substitutes a stick of TNT.

    Update: Bugs distracts a greyhound, in "The Grey Hounded Hare", with a stick of dynamite, but I'm not sure whether that was the one I was thinking of.
  • August 25, 2010
    arromdee
    There was a joke in Inuyasha where Kagome got Inuyasha to fetch a stick.
  • August 25, 2010
    GymQuirk
    Carl uses a tennis ball from his cane to clear Muntz's dogs out of Kevin's room in Up.
  • August 25, 2010
    Vree
  • August 25, 2010
    JoeG
  • August 26, 2010
    KZN02
    Launching soon. Anyone have any objections or have a better title in mind?
  • August 26, 2010
    Aspie
    It didn't involve an Angry Guard Dog, but the villain did something like this to Underdog in the film.
  • August 26, 2010
    SAMAS
    For a less awkward title, how about Fetch The Stick?
  • August 26, 2010
    KZN02
    ^ I dunno, it feels like you're just playing fetch with the dog.
  • August 26, 2010
    Prfnoff
    One of the puzzles in Kings Quest V involves throwing a stick for a dog which has been terrorizing an anthill.
  • August 26, 2010
    BlackDragon
    While not deliberately done, Florence from Freefall, who is an uplifted wolf, as well as an extremely intelligent rocket scientist (in the sense that she's researching next-generation FTL-drives in her spare time) - is shown to be vulnerable to this. Despite being preoccupied with a major moral and technical conondrum at the time, when a ball goes bouncing by, she just goes "BALL!" and leaps after it. Having been raised as an ordinary puppy probably has a lot to do with it.

    Meanwhile, Misho from Keychain Of Creation uses it deliberately to distract his Lunar partner, Marena. She's basically a shape-shifting fox, but it still works... it is described as "A technique developed by the ancient Solars for controlling their Lunar partners", and Misho mostly uses it to distract Marena when she's frustrated by being in heat (and him being a Chaste Hero).
  • August 28, 2010
    KZN02
    Anyone got a better name?
  • August 28, 2010
    Ingonyama
    Live Action TV example, subverted: in The Tenth Kingdom, Wolf snarkily attempts to do this with Prince after he's been turned into gold. Double as a Crowning Moment Of Funny.
  • August 28, 2010
    Ingonyama
    Almost forgot: 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.
  • August 28, 2010
    jewlia
    Err for a name, just Go Fetch?
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