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Leave it, drop it, give?

April 19th, 2008, 08:27 PM Buster is pretty well trained to sit, stay, down, come etc. (he will be 2 yrs old next week!!)

but...where his Cuz is involved, nothing works! He wants to play and will bring me his cuz but won't let go of it! I have tried leave it, drop it, give (all commands he knows) but he WON'T let go of his Cuz. If I just ignore him, he will eventually drop it far enough away from me and go and lay down.

Is this something dogs do with their favorite toys?

April 19th, 2008, 08:49 PM
Abby is only 4 months, and she doesn't like to give up anything she fetches. But she is very food motivated,, so if she knows I have treats I tell her drop it, and give her the treat all works well.. Although sometimes she prefers to just stay and look cute when I toss the ball or toy again,, Why play fetch when the food is here.

April 19th, 2008, 09:53 PM
you tried something super yummy in your hand?? thats what worked with Mister. that and blowing in his nose. :o

hey!! i can be annoying too!! he doesnt have a monopoly on that!!!


April 19th, 2008, 10:14 PM
Teaching 'drop it' and 'take it' is one of the very first things we teach. It is a matter of respect when it comes to dropping things to you on command. He needs to learn that all things belong to you - even if he found them first.

First, put your dog on the leash (for control) then get a stick or stiff toy at least 6 inches long - not a soft toy he can get a grip on or food he can break off and swallow. Start with an object that doesn't have high value to him and work towards an object that does have high value. Food will probably be the toughest challenge as it is easy for him to just swallow it and win.
Offer it to your dog and say 'take it' in a happy tone. let him chew on it for 15 seconds - do not let go of the item. Say 'drop it' short, sharp and firm in tone. Almost startle him with the cue as you point quickly at the item and his nose. The startle alone should impress him. If he lets go then praise him and gently stroke his face and head. If he does not let go - ask again and vibrate the item in his mouth moving towards the back of his mouth. This should be strong enough to make him want to let go, but not so strong to hurt him. When he releases be very pleased and praise & pet.

Repeat this - holding the item and sharing it with your dog for longer times each round. As he gives willingly then allow the item to be his for just a few seconds, keeping your hand close by and then move your hand in and ask him to 'drop it'. Again increasing times until it can be his for five minutes and he still drops it nicely to you. Working him in his normal obedience cues just before you do this can help. It places him a cooperative role and makes him more agreeable over all and ready to comply.

Practice a lot when you are just hanging around the house - get him to drop dozens of things throughout the day, don't wait to teach it when you need it.

April 19th, 2008, 11:11 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but what on earth is a "Cuz"??? :confused:

Sorry, :offtopic:

April 19th, 2008, 11:30 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but what on earth is a "Cuz"??? :confused:

Sorry, :offtopic:





best dog toy ever invented after the kong.


April 19th, 2008, 11:56 PM
Hmmm....just Googled it. But I wonder how durable it is? My dog would probably try to chew off the feet!

But not trying to response to BusterBoo's question: I can't add much after tenderfoot's professional opinion :) but similar to want4rain's tip of blowing in his nose, I will cover Chase's eyes with my palm if he decides to be difficult about dropping something. He gets confused (or maybe just irritated?) and drops it instantly!

April 20th, 2008, 07:05 AM
Forgive my ignorance, but what on earth is a "Cuz"??? :confused:

Sorry, :offtopic:

I have to cut the feet off Buster's Cuz and within a day he removes the squeaker, but they are very durable!

April 23rd, 2008, 12:15 AM
The absolute best command we learned in puppy school and it can be taught within a couple of minutes. We use it to cover a broad range of things and our pup responds very well. For example, our pup was dive bombing the older dogs food bowl every morning. Now we use the "leave it" command and she patiently waits until we fill her bowl and tell her it's ok.

Place a treat on the floor near your dog with your hand at the ready to cover it up instantly. When she goes for it, cover the treat with your hand and say "leave it". Leave your hand over the treat til she gives up. She may lick and probe and do other things to try and get the treat. Wait her out. Eventually she will learn to back off and wait until you give her the ok. Repeat the process and be quick with the cover up. Eventually you will stand and use your foot for the cover up until she gets it. Six out of six pup owners in the class reported great success with the command the following week. It works on everything after that, from socks to things outside.

Best of luck,