Re: Names of Toys
I am certainly NOT a pro, but I can tell you what worked with Moose.
- Everytime the dog has the toy or you touch the toy, you say the name you want it to be called. Do this ALL the time, not just when in a training session. "Hey, Dakota! You got your KONG. What a nice KONG." or "Mommy's picking up your KONG."
- Then combine the name with a command. "Get your bunny!" Each time he picks up the bunny, give a treat. You might have to start out by handing it to him. Once he gets the idea, he will pick it up on his own. Just work with one toy until Dakota understands that you want him to pick up the bunny.
- Then do a seporate session with a different object. "Get your ball". Each time the ball is picked up give a treat. Once he understands, move to the next step.
- Sit the ball and the monkey next to each other on the floor. Say, "get your bunny". If he selects the ball, give a gentle "Eh, Eh" correction and no treat. If he selects the bunny, then say "Good, bunny" and give a treat. Repeat a million times using a random pattern. Otherwise he will anticipate which one you want.
- Follow the same process to add in new toy names.
I combined this with a "toys up" command to have Moose put whatever object he has in his mouth into the toy basket. All combined it is cute. "Moose, get your monkey....Toys up!" He runs and selects the monkey and then runs and puts it in the toy basket.
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