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    DefaultTraining a dog to "give"?

    In the past week Autumn's become pretty selfish with whatever toy she's playing with. We've always made sure to touch her toys and take them from her as well as touch her while she eats so that she doesn't become a possessive pup.

    In any case, now when she's occupied with a toy and someone walks up to her to take the toy to toss she will get up and move away from the person (and turning her back to them). If she gets something in her mouth that she shouldn't get (like a torn up toy with stuffing coming out) I try and take it out of her mouth while saying give. It's a struggle and she will not give it up.

    Any ideas on how to start training the command "give"?

    If it makes any difference, she's got "sit" and "down" and "shake" pretty good. We're working on "leave it" and "stay" (stay isn't going so well) at the moment.





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    My first response on this board would be try to offer to "trade" one toy for another, or some kibble with the word "drop."
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    I was doing that before, and it was working ok. For some reason this week she's been possessive. I'll keep at it though, don't want to let this behavior get out of hand.





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    She's a BABY. You'll have to go back and reinforce all of those things she's got down "good" for quite some time. Stay won't be likely reliable for quite some time. GulfCoast gave you great advice. Don't change commands though. Stick to one word.
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    yes, what GC said. And as Dani said, she's still very young. Repetition, consistency and patience <---key words in training.

    she may "lose" it again during her teenage months. But R.C.P. (above)

    (oh, and once she gives or drops, treat and then give her the toy back.)
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    Dani is right. I have "Drop" burned into my head from handling HT dogs. Keep using whatever command you started with.
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    (oh, and once she gives or drops, treat and then give her the toy back.)
    most most important! If she always loses the valued object, she has no motivation to relinquish it. If it's something forbidden or dangerous, replace it with a safe toy or bone.

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    oohhhh Autumn. Malone is the same way!!!


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    for us, drop and give are 2 different commands.

    Drop is to drop whatever she has in her mouth...and do not pick it back up until I say so. Or maybe she won't get the item back but it will be replaced with a higher value item.

    give is when I go up to her and hold the item she has in her mouth, and she has to let me have possession of it. When she was a puppy, I would have visitors (even children) go up to her and do this command. She *had* to learn that anyone can take an item away from her, even bones and chew treats.
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    Thanks for all the advice. I'll keep at it.





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