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Old 11-27-2013, 07:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday our 9 month old put all his kongs together (he has 5 in different sizes), bringing them in from different rooms. I was pleasantly surprised. I remember he did this a couple of weeks ago as well, when my friend was over and she was the one who drew my attention to it. He did this with balls when he was little, but that may have been just because they were balls and he likes rolling them and chasing. Also I thought it was probably the herding instinct.

Does anyone have ideas how I can make this a game, and encourage it?
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you could teach him to put his toys in a pile or close together.
after the toys are in a pile take one and throw it. let your dog
get it and return it to the pile.

[QUOTE=Sri;4574402]Yesterday our 9 month old put all his kongs together (he has 5 in different sizes), bringing them in from different rooms. I was pleasantly surprised. I remember he did this a couple of weeks ago as well, when my friend was over and she was the one who drew my attention to it. He did this with balls when he was little, but that may have been just because they were balls and he likes rolling them and chasing. Also I thought it was probably the herding instinct.

>>>>> Does anyone have ideas how I can make this a game, and encourage it?<<<<< [/QUOTE]
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I should teach him to put his toys away.

But what I meant here is he is definitely sorting them in piles by type(kongs, balls). I thought it would make an interesting game training him to categorize other things as well like bones, tugs, blocks.
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Does he know the names of his toys? If not, you could start by teaching him the names, and then encouraging him to go get the "whatever". From there you could train him to drop them in a bucket or something.
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That is very cute that he knows which are balls vs. kongs. You should try other alike toys like rope tos and see where he puts them. I have heard about dogs being able to categorize.
My gsd, Dexter doesn't put his toys into categories. He does know which toys are his though and if any of the other dogs put it in their pile, he takes it out and puts it with his toys. He will bark if he sees the maltipoo, we call him the thief , try to take his toy out of his pile.
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Happy, my 8 month old girl has a toy box & she gets her toys out of it and she puts them back. I find it amusing, especially when she was younger because she would get in the toy box. I didn't really intend on teaching her this, I guess she sort of taught herself!


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Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. This is going to be fun.
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That's so cute!!! I think it's rare for a dog to be able to do that! Utilize it! Great way to get in mental stimulation!
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That's so cute!!! I think it's rare for a dog to be able to do that! Utilize it! Great way to get in mental stimulation!
I thought so too! So last night I started with naming a toy.
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OMG!! You HAVE to watch this

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