Intro to Drop

09/02/2022

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INTRO TO DROP

Puppies will pick up everything in their mouth and it’s really important to teach them to drop items happily in exchange for something else.

To start with, use their toys, before moving to objects of higher value.

Play with your puppy and when they’re enjoying grabbing or tugging their toy, present a treat to their nose. When they let go of the toy, mark and reward with the food.

For play motivated puppies, you can also trade for toys

Practice several times and before long your puppy will start to let go of the toy as soon as your hand starts moving closer.

The next stage is to repeat without food in your hand. When your puppy is really good, add the cue ‘drop.

Make sure to practice with a variety of objects and in several locations so your puppy can generalise their skill.

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