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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-14-2011, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Dropping food/items from mouth?

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My dog knows the leave it command very well, assuming she hasn't gotten to it yet. Once it's in her mouth, what do you train for her to drop? Would a normal "drop it" command work (like one you might train for her to drop a dumbbell)? She doesn't understand or listen to the leave it once it's in her mouth, and there are times she might pick something off the floor and run away with it.

Today she grabbed an almond off the ground, and while it's probably OK for her, I'd prefer her not to eat nuts...

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-14-2011, 09:13 PM
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Shay learned "Get that out of your mouth" because if it is not dropped immediately, my hand is going in fishing. We live out in the hills and there is everything from acorns to lizards to goat poo to rocks to more rocks to leaves to cats.

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"Out." She knows what it means because if she doesn't spit it, I have my hand all the way in her mouth taking whatever is in there!

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I use "out" for that. It can be trained positively by trading the object in the mouth for another tastier object. And in training, you can give the object back, take it away, give it back etc. so they learn that "out" doesn't always mean losing their treat forever.

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I use 'give' if I want my guy to come to me and put it in my hand (or thereabouts - I'm not picky if it's close). I use 'drop' to mean put it on the ground, wherever he's standing.

He also knows that if he doesn't 'give', I go fishing in his mouth - for similar reasons as Cara
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I use 'leave it!' even if it's already in his mouth. 'Leave it' to my dog means stop what you are doing right now, stop forward motion (moving towards object), stop chewing motion, stop chasing motion, stop gulping motion, stop tugging motion, stop everything. The MOMENT that has happend, he gets rewarded.

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