In this article, we’re going to show you how to teach a dog to drop it and take.
Using the take it / drop it cue is the perfect way to prevent resource guarding ever developing in your puppy or dog.
There will also be times in your dog’s life when he will pick something up that you don’t want him to have or that could be really dangerous. In cases like this, you’ll need to recover it. So this command has the potential to save your dogs’ life.
Many dog owners make the mistake of becoming confrontational when their dog won’t give an object up. This can create issues with resource guarding but by using a fun game you can teach your dog to take an object or give one up in exchange for another.
OK, OK we admit it,
The training methods we write about here at Pet Checkers aren’t our own.
They are the positive re-enforcement methods of world-renowned dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell.
Watch the Video Below to See How to Teach a Dog to Drop it / Take it
Step One: Teaching the Trade
Start off with a lower value object and offer it to your dog.
Step Two: Increase the Value
What NOT to Do
Training takes time, understanding and above all, patience. Unfortunately, this is a trait that many people don’t have but it’s important that you take your time when training your dog.
Getting frustrated won’t help and don’t ever;
Frequently Asked Questions
Training your dog to take it and drop it can be challenging for your dog to understand so it may take a little time.
If you’re both struggling, here are some frequently asked questions;
“My Dog Takes it and Drops it Perfectly at Home But He Won’t Let Go of Anything He Picks Up While We’re Out Walking. What Should I Do?”
The issue, in this case, might be that you don’t have anything of high enough value to trade with him. So you need to find something that he values super highly and only bring that out in these situations.
Another thing you can do is use different objects while you’re training him at home – a plastic bottle, one of his favorite tasty bones etc. Try and use the kinds of things he might pick up while he’s outside (only as long as it’s safe to do so!) and you should find that it becomes easier.
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