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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-05-2011, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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How to open the fridge?

I just taught Smokey how to close cabinets and drawers. He is a German Shepherd/husky and is 14 1/2 years old. I want to teach him to open the frigde next. I think this might prove to be a little hard he does not really and hase never played with toys or been mouthy to grab anything with his mouth. I was wondering how I could teach him that. I can to him to play with me somtimes and grab on things, but he normally lets go after I pull a little, but sometimes he will hold on while I pull a little. Will it be impossible to teach him this? Where should I start?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-05-2011, 10:28 AM
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Is he a service dog?

Do you really want to teach him that? I was just reading a woman's rant over on facebook whose dog knows how to open the fridge and help himself to goodies...LOL.

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No he is not. I know he is a good boy and wouldn't take anything out of the fridge. I can leave food on the floor and he wouldnt touch it. I think it would be fun to teach him this.

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You are very brave! No way would I teach Jax to open the fridge. She'd open it, clean it out, invite friends over and have a party!
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I know Jax..SAME HERE!! LOLOLOLOL

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Lol that is funny!

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-05-2011, 11:33 AM
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Start by praise/click & treat for a tug on a towel. A specific towel you picked out. Hold it, get him to tug, treat. Use a command, maybe "tug." Start waiting til he tugs harder to treat. When he gets that down, tie that towel to the fridge handle and give the command. I am not sure if he'll tug hard enough to open it, but that's how I'd train it.

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I can't use a clicker he is scared of it, but I gave it a try playing with him and giving in treats anytime he even touched it. He is now constantly grabing the rope with his mouth. No pulling yet, but we will be wonking on what he just did for awhile, but I think that is great progress for only 5 minutes. I think we are well on our way.

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You don't have to use a clicker. You can use Yes! as a marker.
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