After playing with your dog, does your house look like a war zone? Chew toys strewn about, bones laying in the middle of the floor, and tennis balls under the chair. Wouldn't it be nice to get some help picking up after your pup? With this helpful guide, you can teach your dog to pick up his toys and put them away as part of your play routine.
Teaching your dog to clean up his toys not only helps to keep the house tidy, it can also help you bond with your dog and stimulate his mind. The command will make him think, and he'll feel as though he's still playing while you are letting him do all the work. This trick will help you in more ways than one.
Imagine how much more fun cleaning up will be when your pup excitedly bounds around the room to pick up toys and put them in the basket. When playtime is done and the last stuffed animal is back where it belongs, your buddy will also be tired and ready for a nap, having exhausted his brain and his muscles.
It's best to try this trick at the end of playtime or after your dog has had some exercise, otherwise he may be too distracted by his toys to pay attention. Each method has several steps to follow. Make sure your dog has mastered each step before moving on. If he's struggling it's ok to go back and repeat a step. Consistency and patience are key to success here.
I am trying to teach my dog to put her toys away, I have tried multiple methods and every time right before the basket she will drop the toys and put herself into it
Hello Brooklyn, First, I suggest teaching a Hold command, so that you can correct her dropping the toy with the hold it command before she gets in. Hold it command article: https://wagwalking.com/training/hold-an-object Second, I suggest teaching Drop It, if she doesn't already know that, so that you can cue her when she is over the basket, when to drop the toy in. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-to-fetch/ Third, work on teaching this while pup is on a 6-10 foot leash, so that you can guide her when near the basket, to prevent her from getting in. Together, this might look something like, she is walking toward the basket with the toy, she gets right in front of the basket, you remind her to "Hold", prevent her from climbing into the basket using the leash, then command Drop It when her head moves over the basket while trying to figure out what you want. She drops the toy in or near the basket - praise and give lots of treats. Repeat the process over and over until she starts to release that getting the toy (and not herself) into the basket earns the treat, then practice without the additional commands and leash as she improves. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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