|For Shelters &
|Labels & Language|
|How Dogs Learn|
|The Name Game|
|Sit & Sit Stay|
|For Dog Owners|
To set dogs up for success, remove items that are dangerous or valuable from their reach by putting them in closets and cabinets. Manage their environment so that they do not have access to expensive sweaters or poisonous chemicals and you’ll prevent them from making a bad decision.
Playing tug, grabbing at the item, or scolding and chasing them will lead dogs to believe you’re playing a game and encourages them to play “keep away” with the item. If your dog does get a hold of an item you want them to drop, stay calm and trade the item for a treat, using the “out” technique. You can also hold a treat directly in front of their nose.
If your dog displays behaviors such as resource guarding, please consult a professional for help prior to using these training handouts.