Getting Started Week 23 - Trading Up
It is important to teach your puppy to "give" or "drop"
whatever is being held in the mouth. This is a gentle reminder that you
control all the valued resources which helps to prevent food bowl, toy,
and other possessive aggression.
1. Start by "trading up." Whatever your pup has in his/her
mouth, offer something better as you teach the word, "give" which means
put it in my hand, or "drop" which means release it to the ground.
2. When your puppy is holding a ball offer a second ball. If your
pup has a bone, offer a better bone. If you pup has a toy, have a second
toy that you pretend to play with to increase its value. NEVER
call your dog to take something away as this makes coming to you a
all else fails, offer a tasty treat in exchange for a valued object. Say, "give"
or "drop" showing the treat which you give immediately for compliance
4. When teaching "fetch" do NOT take the ball at first. Instead,
praise your pup and give a back rub, then throw a second ball. You want
your pup to get the idea that it is fun to run back to you with the
ball. If you take the ball too early in the teaching process, your
pup may decide never to bring you the ball.
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Playing fetch is a great way
to exercise your canine every day!