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    94 - Teach tidying up

    94 - Teach tidying up

    This is a wonderful game that can be extremely practical too. Teaching your dog to place toys in a box or trolley is easier than you might think. Especially as you already have a dog that is becoming increasingly creative, and one that can retrieve and drop an article on cue.

    1. Sit or kneel with a low-sided box or trolley between you and your dog. Throw a toy onto the floor on the dog's side of the box.

    2. As he leans over the box to give it to you, click and drop the treat into the box. The toy should drop into the box as the dog looks for his treat.

    Encourage your dog to retrieve a toy, thrown onto the ground on his side of the trolley

    Fluffy enjoys a well-earned treat. Yum Yum!

    3. Repeat a few times until he gets the hang of it.

    4. Throw a couple of toys to the other side of the box. When he has put the first toy in and found his treat, encourage him to do the same with the second.

    Encourage your dog to retrieve another toy

    Increasing his skills

    When he is conident about the game, you can start to be more random about the treats and reward only the best attempts. Stand up and gradually move a few paces away from the box so that he really does learn the required behavior. When he knows what he is doing, attach a verbal cue such as 'tidy up' or 'put them away'.

    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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