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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Putting toys up

Would I teach J to put his toys away by getting him to carry a toy he's been playing with to the spot where toys would be put away, a box, then giving the drop command? Or should I put a new word with it when he drops it into a box, such as "Toys up" so as not to confuse? And then allowing him to take a new toy, and repeat? Praise and treats of course would follow, no fun just learning.. lol
Of course he would need to learn drop it first... Not hard, that has to be one of the easiest commands to teach, it's just catching a behavior.

I never taught my dogs this, and there are toys EVERYWHERE.

And an odd question, do most of you add a hand signal to a command? I think way ahead, like if a dog goes deaf, or you are somewhere exceptionally loud and cannot be understood.
I wish I had done this with Dutch, he hears about as well as a brick, now all of knows is 'come' and 'go'... Which is me doing an exaggerated arm movement towards or away from myself.


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Re: Putting toys up

You could use "clean up" Like let's "clean up" and have him bring his toys to the box. L has balls that we keep in the back of the car and when it's time to, I tell her we need to put them away and she'll bring it to me. If she's ready to stop that is LOL! If I'm tired, I'll sit in the back of the car with the hatch open and wait her out. It's usually not more than a few minutes and she'll bring it to me. Hey, she's still a pup...

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Sorry, I didn't finish. I use hand commands for the basics- sit, stay, down, come but not anything else. I have always tried to do both voice and hand just in case the dog goes deaf or blind for some reason at some point.

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Re: Putting toys up

I would use a seperate command so as not to confuse. Brilliant idea btw, I would like to try this also. Let me know how it works out and good luck!

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I tell Bella "Get your toys!" and I have a hand signal to go with every command I teach her. She can do everything I've taught her verbally, or with hand signals. I just posted about picking up toys earlier, and how she finally caught on. When she's holding a toy and I call her to the box, I hold a treat over the box, so she drops it in and takes the treat. It worked pretty well for me. After the treat is gone, she'll pick a new toy to bring out.

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Re: Putting toys up

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Originally Posted By: APBTLoveAnd an odd question, do most of you add a hand signal to a command?
Actually, more often than not I START with a hand signal, and add the verbal cue later. Dogs are masters at reading body language, so they pick up hand signals pretty quick, especially if you start by luring behaviors. The lure motion simply becomes the hand signal, usually faded somewhat so it's more subtle.

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