20th January 2012, 02:30 PM
positive reinforcement for dropping something... question
My 17 week old puppy is pretty fabulous overall, but sometimes he'll grab a sock or something and I was wrestling it out of his mouth. I read the thread on resource guarding and this morning I offered him a small piece of turkey to drop the sock and the used the words "drop it." Well, the dropping it part worked like a charm, but then for the next 10 minutes he was a jumpy excited mess looking for more turkey. It took me a while to settle him down. He was jumping all over me and my kids, which he wouldn't normally do.
Any advice on how to handle this? In the past, when I wrestled something out of his mouth, I would then offer a bully stick and he seemed calm and ok about taking it instead. I would say 85% of the time he will give me things he shouldn't have (shoes, etc) but sometimes when he gets a sock or something, he doesn't want to give it up. Was the turkey too much of a treat for him?
20th January 2012, 05:29 PM
20th January 2012, 06:36 PM
Thanks Karlin. That makes perfect sense. We start puppy obedience classes tomorrow and hopefully I can get on a better training routine with him here at home. We've been doing sit and stay and he has those, no problem. I started with treats and now he'll sit with no treats...but I didn't even think to train "drop it."
I get it!