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Hi there,

My dogs need jobs. After seeing the inspirational 13wk old pup from another thread bring in the newspaper:

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it got me to thinking - what could I teach them to do around the house? I wouldn't mind one little bit if what they do literally helps me out as well!

So, what are your favorite household jobs that your dog now does? Any tips you can provide on how you trained them to do your favorite job would also be appreciated. I am using clicker training but it doesn't have to be clicker oriented. I think I can adapt it if need be.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-08-2009, 05:32 AM
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Oh my gosh, that was awesome. I have been working for weeks to get Mandi to just sit calmly by the door while I answer it and let people in instead of running crazy, barking, leaping through the air like a maniac and sticking her nose in peoples butts.

I have GOT to show Mandalay this video.


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Our Bearded Collie used to bring things to people. If we handed her something and told her to bring it to one if us ("mom", "Em" or "Terry") she would.

I would like Mandi to help pick up; take my kids toys and put them in the toybox, put her own toys in a box (right now her toybox is on top of her crate where she cant reach it so she does not empty it). I think getting her to take things out and put them in the recycle bins would be nice, but she'd also have to learn to open a door.

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Awhile back I was working on Renji to pick up clothes I dropped on the way to the laundry. He was getting the idea, then I stopped training it on my end. I don't think I do laundry often enough to make that idea stick.

He does bring in the newspaper, though. Last night we began working with him to grab each toy by name and dropping them in a receptacle. He got that down quick, so now I need to get a toy box!

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Oh well I knew Jack was retarded and Now I am sure LOL

what a great puppy... at 13 weeks I ws just housebreaking LOL HAHAHAHHA

However in Jack's defense he does rearange his dishes all ove the house HAHHAHAH

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Ciana likes to bring me my dirty underwear after running around the backyard with it in her mouth.
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Brady washes the kitchen floor
he gets water all over it and then it gets wiped up.
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Kira likes to be a pickpocket and get stuff out of people purses.
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Carole, you are to funny. LOL

There is no end to what you can teach your dog to do in the house. Max has been a awesome dog for me to learn and teach from. He has such a need to learn and help. Here is a list of things he can do.

open doors, turn lights on and off, put clothes in the washer, brings me his leash and collar,takes off my shoes and my socks, brings me my shoes,brings me the phone, brings me the remote, picks up anything i might drop, he will even help me carry in the groceries and so much more. the list is endless to what you can teach your dog if he has a need to learn.

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My dog is the household taste tester. every object needs to be inspected in his mouth. upon approval he leaves his sig. tooth mark!

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Originally Posted By: markstevenMy dog is the household taste tester. every object needs to be inspected in his mouth. upon approval he leaves his sig. tooth mark!

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