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

Sometimes, this will not be limited to a dog and a stick, possibly due to AllAnimalsAreDomesticated or AllAnimalsAreDogs.

Unlikely to work in RealLife. Professionally trained attack, bomb/drug-sniffer and guard dogs will ignore such distractions and stay on target. Needless to say, [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs don't expect to successfully use this trope]]. That said, {{Series/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 [[{{Squick}} the urine 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.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]

* There was a joke in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' where Kagome got the eponymous character to fetch a stick.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Jackie Chun tricks the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Man-Wolf]] into going out of bounds at the 22nd Tenka'ichi Budokai by throwing a bone. Man-Wolf was not amused...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny though the audience was.]]


[[folder: Film -- Animation]]

* Carl uses a tennis ball from his cane to clear Muntz's dogs out of Kevin's room in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''.


[[folder: Film - Live Action]]

* ''Film/JurassicPark'':
** Grant is able to stop a pissed [[TyrannosaurusRex 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, as he keeps moving after throwing it. 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 ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' is that the T-rex skeleton can be distracted by throwing one of its ribs for it. [[AllAnimalsAreDogs It acts exactly like a dog anyway.]]


[[folder: Literature ]]

* This actually works in ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}'', because the dog likens the stick-thrower to his masters.
* Attempted in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' 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 [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome did this to a werewolf with a signal flare]] in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant''. Note that this werewolf had been playing [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame 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 BondOneLiner.
** In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', 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.


[[folder: Live-Action TV]]

* Subverted in ''Series/TheTenthKingdom''; Wolf snarkily attempts to do this with Prince after [[spoiler:he's been turned into gold]]. Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** The same thing was again done later, by Tony, after using the magic wishing well. [[spoiler:This time it seems to be the key that does the trick, since Prince breaks out of the gold right afterward.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{iCarly}}'', Sam saves Freddie from a pair of [[JerkJock Jerk Jocks]] by getting their attention with a steak.
-->"Meat?! ''PROTEIN!!!''"


[[folder: Videogames]]

* One of the puzzles in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV'' 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 ''VideoGame/DarkSeed'', or else it kills the player.
* In the ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' 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 ''VideoGame/BloodCrusher2'', as the enemy attack dogs will chase after any grenades you throw. If they are also [[SuicideAttack bomb dogs]], throwing a grenade at the enemy and having two or three dogs follow behind can generate enough damage to gib even TheBrute.
* Wyatt does this with a Panzerhund and a grenade near the beginning of ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''. The catch is that the Panzerhund is a nine-foot-tall attack robot shaped like a dog.
* At one point in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3: 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''.
* In ''VideoGame/HugosHouseOfHorrors'', the cellar is guarded by a large vicious guard dog and the only way to get past him is to throw him the chop that you receive from the butler earlier in the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' gives you a stick. It also gives you encounters with guard dogs who, without exception, love to play fetch.

[[folder: Webcomics]]

* While not deliberately done, Florence from ''Webcomic/{{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 ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' 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 ChasteHero).
* In earlier ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' 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 [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Domestication Pride Marches]])
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[ Percy tries to distract Pooch using this, and not actually throwing anything]].
** [[ Crimney with Tomey, though Tomey sometimes retrieves a tree instead.]]
** [[ Tomey also retrieves the telescope from demonic bullies.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Jade attempts to [[ retrieve the package John sent her]] but is blocked by her dog Becquerel. Every time she tries to shoot at him, he uses his RealityWarper powers to parry or deflect the bullets, so she does this instead, shooting in the opposite direction and fetching the package while Bec has teleported away to catch the bullet.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* LetsPlay/{{Videogamedunkey}} [[ attempted]] this with a Hylian Retriever in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. It didn't react.

[[folder: Western Animation]]

* Done by WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' episode "A Hare Grows in Manhattan" and (with a stick of dynamite) "The Gray-Hounded Hare."
* Done in one of the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons (and is actually one of the few times Tom talks). The dog falls for it.
** The ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' episode "Flippin' Fido" has Tom distracting a large guard dog by throwing frisbees.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", Meg tries to convert Brian to Christianity by having him fetch a crucifix.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'', DeadpanSnarker Noah tricks a yeti into believing he threw something to fetch.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', Monterey Jack uses a wrench for this trope in order to distract a robot AngryGuardDog.
* In a ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons 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!
* This is how WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest tames Repto-Slicer, after learning that Repto's previous owner (Bling Bling Boy, AKA Eugene) didn't give it the love and attention a pet requires.
* Tommy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' saves Chuckie from a rather large dog by doing this.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', Scooter and Piggy are pretending they're in ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'', and they both get attacked by a crocodile (actually Animal). Scooter leaves and comes back to find Piggy playing fetch with him. He asks how she was able to do it, and she explains that they both had gotten bored.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', [[{{Jerkass}} Mr. Cat]] throws a container of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood yogurt]] and tells [[NighInvulnerable Quack Quack]] to fetch it. When Quack Quack grabs it, Mr. Cat activates the explosives he had hidden nearby.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "The Lost Mattress", [=SpongeBob=] tosses a spoon to distract a guard worm. The spoon hits [[ButtMonkey Squidward]], who puts it in his back pocket and ends up getting attacked by the worm.