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The good and the bad of Dexter's training

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I recently decided to really start working more on "leave it" and "drop it" with Dexter. After the ball eating incident I think he needs more work. The last 3 nights we have been working on this - first night with junk mail...2nd night with my husband's shirt, last night with underwear (he loves underwear). We are doing very well...he still goes and takes the item to start running around with it, but now I am getting him to drop it on his own and come sit (next to Kirby) in the kitchen and get a treat.

This morning I get out of the shower and look at Dex and he has that look that he's being bad...sure enough he decided to steal the remote control and chew on it (he hasn't done this in a year) :shock: So I go to the kitchen and call them (telling Dex to drop it). Amazingly enough it worked and he dropped it on his own and came to me.

So I'm happy we're making progress, but angry he chewed up another still works, just now we have 2 that are all taped up :shock:
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Sam learned drop it form me playing fetch with her. She automatically had the sense to give up the item your playing fetch with, but sometimes she would want to play a mild game of tug first (this mostly came after I got her tug toys and she learned tug). One reason I wanted her to learn drop it soon was she likes chewing on rocks. The only thing I have read on that is that it can hurt their teeth, so I was motivated for drop it to be known. Well after a few games of fetch with me saying drop it everytime se caugt on. Now when she picks up a rock she will drop it on command ( or maybe on the 2nd or 3rd try) instead of having to pry her mout open to het the rock out.

My point is, maybe some of the other doodle owners could easily teach drop it during fetch, even if the dog already pretty much drops the fetch toy anyway.

Doodles are so smart! Is it the lab or the poodle wit the brains? Luckily its both.
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