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
Anime and Manga
Film - Animation
- 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 - Live Action
- Carl uses a tennis ball from his cane to clear Muntz's dogs out of Kevin's room in Up.
- Jurassic Park:
- Grant is able to stop a pissed T-Rex from crushing a stalled jeep (with children inside) with a flare. 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 like a dog anyway.
- This actually works in Duumvirate, because the dog likens the stick-thrower to his masters.
- Attempted in The Lightning Thief against Cerberus who ignores it. Then they pull out a ball and play it completely straight. He actually whines and looks disappointed when they leave.
- Sam Vimes did this to a werewolf with a signal flare in The Fifth Elephant. Note that this werewolf had been playing the Most Dangerous Game with Vimes for a large part of the story, mocking him at every turn. Despite this, Vimes had the decency not to utter the obvious Bond One-Liner.
- In Carpe Jugulum, Death plays fetch with Scraps, Igor's Big Friendly Franken-dog. Had Igor not used lightning to resurrect the animal, he might never have gotten his scythe back.
- 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.
- Subverted in real life. Professionally trained Attack, Bomb/Drug-sniffer, and Guard Dogs will ignore such distractions and stay on target. Needless to say, don't expect to successfully use this trope.
- That said, Mythbusters tested this one early in the show's lifespan and found out that your standard-issue guard Doberman can be distracted by raw meat for a little while, and they'll get completely obsessed over The piss of a female dog in heat (Guard dogs are rarely if ever fixed since it makes them more docile) to the point where Tory was able to successfully complete his objective. But with even stricter training it's possible to get them to ignore these as well.
- 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.
- In the Medal of Honor games, it's not advised to do this with the attack dogs and a hand grenade.
- However, it is definitely advised you do so in BLOODCRUSHER II, as the enemy attack dogs will chase after any grenades you throw. If they are also bomb dogs, throwing a grenade at the enemy and having two or three dogs follow behind can generate enough damage to gib even The Brute.
- Wyatt does this with a Panzerhund and a grenade near the beginning of Wolfenstein: The New Order. The catch is that the Panzerhund is a nine-foot-tall attack robot shaped like a dog.
- At one point in Mass Effect 3: Citadel, Shepard attempts this on a biotic varren (a sort of Tuchankan animal broadly similar to a big, lanky, angry dog) with a frying pan, that being the first thing s/he had had on hand to fend the varren off with. It ends poorly, not because the varren doesn't want to fetch, but because it throws things back.
- 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 conundrum 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.
- Later Blunt tries to use this against her deliberately. It seems he threw the ball in the direction she wanted to run off in anyway.
- 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).
- In earlier Kevin & Kell years, this trick is used to "expose" canines that are suspected of having Domestication. This plotline is discontinued in later years when Domestication becomes more generally accepted (including Domestication Pride Marches)
- In Sinfest, Percy tries to distract Pooch using this, and not actually throwing anything.