Originally Posted By: StSteeleA couple more questions... is it easier to teach this if you use the same toy each time? Also, do you use that toy ONLY for this game?
I did it with each toy, naming the toy every time I play with it until she associated the name with the toy.
Then having her pick the toy out of several toys close by by name for each toy.
Once she knew the toys by name, and "get the toy" using whatever name she was all set.
Then doing the gradual hide and seek thing with a toy.
I the end I could have her go find any one of her toys anywhere in the house.
Then you can teach places like lap, table, different rooms. Have her go to one room and get a toy, and place it in another, or on a table..
That all takes time though. My current rescue I brought home this spring, Hope, has learned "ball", it's her only toy she knows the name of so far, by just repeating "ball!" endlessly while playing with it.
She will already go search for it on command just from playing fetch in the house, fooling her as if I thew it one way, and secretly rolling it the other way into another room and saying "find the ball!" repeatedly when she was searching for it where she thought I threw it. I had to give her a hint as to where it was at first at times, then she caught on fast.
Now I can just say "find the ball!" any time and the search is on.