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    49 - Introduce mops and brooms

    49 - Introduce mops and brooms

    Most puppies will see mops, brooms and vacuum cleaners as huge moving toys. Unless we make it more rewarding for them to do something else, they will want to chase them.

    To help your dog understand that there are some things that he cannot play with, teach the exercise below and repeat the steps if necessary. Start by holding the mop or broom still or keeping the vacuum cleaner switched off. Then progress to moving the broom, mop and so on.

    1. With your dog out of the room, scatter 10 tasty treats on the floor, hold the mop (or other item) and let the dog into the kitchen. He will go to the treats, and as he approaches each one click before he reaches it to mark the behavior.

    2. Let your dog see you throw another treat on the floor away from both you and the mop. As his eyes turn to follow the treat, click to mark him looking away. Repeat a couple of times.

    3. Wait until he looks away from you and the mop, click and throw the treat. Repeat a couple of times.

    4. Wait until he actually moves away from you and the mop. Click and treat.


    As a special reward for excellent behavior, click and give a jackpot of treats (that is several all in one go).

    Any moving object, even a mop, can excite a young dog

    Cookie moves towards the treats that Marie has thrown on the floor (left) and has soon learned to move away from the mop 

    From 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog, Copyright by Sarah Fisher, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with D & C

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