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How to Train the drop it command

How can i teach my pup to drop things without having to take them from her. When she gets a hold of 1 of her toys it can be hard to get it off her, I sometime need to pull it from her.


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The way I have taught drop-it in the past has been in little steps.

The thing I start with is the "out game". This is played either with two of the same toy or two toys of the same value and I'm basically teaching my dog that the word "out" means to let go of the toy and also that letting go of the toy doesn't mean all the fun is over and we're done playing, but that there'll be a reward for giving me the toy.

I do this by throwing one toy for the dog, then calling the dog back, showing her the second toy I am holding, and grabbing the first toy that she's got. A lot of the time, I've found this to be enough for the dog to let go of the first toy once I've reached for it because her attention is already on the second toy. In some cases, I would rotate the toy forward in her mouth (this works well with a tug) just to get her to let it go while keeping her attention focused on the other one. As soon as she'd let go, I would praise her and throw the second toy for her to play with.

As my dog learns that the word "out" means to let go of the toy, I tend to have her come up and immediately release it once I put my hand on it, since she knows I will take that toy and throw the other. That's usually when I start working on "drop it" by putting my hand under the toy, rather than ON the toy, and asking her to "out". If she lets go and it drops into my hand, I praise and reward with the second toy. From there, I would then go to asking her to just drop it without my hand being there, and once she did, reward her with the other toy.

Repeat as necessary, then phase out the second toy and play with just one.

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I taught it by holding a treat to her nose and saying "out." She spits it out. Then fade the treat.

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The way I have taught drop-it in the past has been in little steps.

The thing I start with is the "out game". This is played either with two of the same toy or two toys of the same value and I'm basically teaching my dog that the word "out" means to let go of the toy and also that letting go of the toy doesn't mean all the fun is over and we're done playing, but that there'll be a reward for giving me the toy.

I do this by throwing one toy for the dog, then calling the dog back, showing her the second toy I am holding, and grabbing the first toy that she's got. A lot of the time, I've found this to be enough for the dog to let go of the first toy once I've reached for it because her attention is already on the second toy. In some cases, I would rotate the toy forward in her mouth (this works well with a tug) just to get her to let it go while keeping her attention focused on the other one. As soon as she'd let go, I would praise her and throw the second toy for her to play with.

As my dog learns that the word "out" means to let go of the toy, I tend to have her come up and immediately release it once I put my hand on it, since she knows I will take that toy and throw the other. That's usually when I start working on "drop it" by putting my hand under the toy, rather than ON the toy, and asking her to "out". If she lets go and it drops into my hand, I praise and reward with the second toy. From there, I would then go to asking her to just drop it without my hand being there, and once she did, reward her with the other toy.

Repeat as necessary, then phase out the second toy and play with just one.
Yup pretty much the way I do it.

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Deezul responded better to 'let go' than 'drop it', so we stayed with that.
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The way I have taught drop-it in the past has been in little steps.

The thing I start with is the "out game". This is played either with two of the same toy or two toys of the same value and I'm basically teaching my dog that the word "out" means to let go of the toy and also that letting go of the toy doesn't mean all the fun is over and we're done playing, but that there'll be a reward for giving me the toy.

I do this by throwing one toy for the dog, then calling the dog back, showing her the second toy I am holding, and grabbing the first toy that she's got. A lot of the time, I've found this to be enough for the dog to let go of the first toy once I've reached for it because her attention is already on the second toy. In some cases, I would rotate the toy forward in her mouth (this works well with a tug) just to get her to let it go while keeping her attention focused on the other one. As soon as she'd let go, I would praise her and throw the second toy for her to play with.

As my dog learns that the word "out" means to let go of the toy, I tend to have her come up and immediately release it once I put my hand on it, since she knows I will take that toy and throw the other. That's usually when I start working on "drop it" by putting my hand under the toy, rather than ON the toy, and asking her to "out". If she lets go and it drops into my hand, I praise and reward with the second toy. From there, I would then go to asking her to just drop it without my hand being there, and once she did, reward her with the other toy.

Repeat as necessary, then phase out the second toy and play with just one.
Heard good things about this method. Many people I know have done it with great results so to the OP, please consider this method.

With that said, I taught it differently and I think this is another known method. It might be a bit more difficult to do on the handler's part but it really gets the point across. I would engage in a tug game with the puppy. So we tug tug tug moving the tug around and then I'd lock the tug up (placing my hands on my hips to help lock up the tug) and then wait... Eventually the pup will get frustrated and let go. As soon as he does - immediately move the tug around and re-engage in tug play. Eventually you want to get to a point where the dog outs as soon as you "lock up" and then you can attach a command to it (out). The dog will soon learn that outing doesn't mean the fun is over but rather that the faster he outs the faster we'll get to play again
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With that said, I taught it differently and I think this is another known method. It might be a bit more difficult to do on the handler's part but it really gets the point across. I would engage in a tug game with the puppy. So we tug tug tug moving the tug around and then I'd lock the tug up (placing my hands on my hips to help lock up the tug) and then wait... Eventually the pup will get frustrated and let go. As soon as he does - immediately move the tug around and re-engage in tug play. Eventually you want to get to a point where the dog outs as soon as you "lock up" and then you can attach a command to it (out). The dog will soon learn that outing doesn't mean the fun is over but rather that the faster he outs the faster we'll get to play again
I know this is an old thread but I just wanted to say THANK YOU! The other methods on these threads and other threads didn't work for my pup, but this one worked within one play session. I'm SO stoked. I've been trying to teach drop since the first day I got him and was sick of prying open his jaws.
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