"Drop It" Cue

Forcibly taking something from a dog and punishing them for growling can lead to serious Resource Aggression. You may be scary enough for them to concede, but children are often bitten. Teach your dog to happily give you what they have instead.

Phase I

1.

Find 2 toys your dog loves. Give Fluffy one and keep the other behind your back.

2.

Show Fluffy the 2nd toy and cue "Drop It!"

3.

Stay still and quiet and wait. When Fluffy drops the 1st toy,give them the 2nd toy and pick up the dropped one.

4.

Repeat several times, then end the session by giving both toys to Fluffy.

If your dog isn't interested in toys then you will want to find something they will play with but are not overly possessive of. Toilet paper roll cob, plastic lid, etc. 

Growling over resources like toys and bones is normal behavior and not a cause of concern. If it goes beyond that then it can be a serious issue. Please schedule a private lesson with us to correct the behavior.

Phase II

1.

When your dog has the hang of the game and is spitting out the toy as soon as you say "Drop It", they are ready for Phase II. 

2.

Have treats in your pocket and give Fluffy a toy. Do not show the treat as you cue "Drop It".

3.

Stay still and quiet and wait. When Fluffy drops the toy, reward with a treat from your pocket and pick up the toy. 

4.

Give the toy back to your dog and repeat several times then end the session by giving the toy to Fluffy.

Always giving the toy back at the end builds trust. The time is going to come when you can't give back what you asked them to drop. Fluffy will be ok with this if s/he trusts you.

Phase III

1.

The next step is to test the "Drop It" outside of a training session. If you see your dog playing with a toy, walk over and cue "Drop It".

2.

Stay still and quiet and wait. When Fluffy drops the toy, pick it up and admire it dramatically for a couple of seconds.

3.

Thank Fluffy for letting you hold their toy, give it back and walk away.

Emergency: If your dog has something bad that s/he is not willing to drop do an emergency trade. Run to the kitchen and find something yummy and offer it to your dog. Use the treat to move your dog away from the object and pick it up while they are eating the treat.

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