Here’s how to teach your dog the “loose” command in 8 simple steps

If your dog would just put a moldy hamburger in his mouth while walking for a moment unattended, what would you want him to do? “Talawan!” When your dog pushes a dangerous object on the coffee table, what do you want you to ask him? “Funny” If your dog stole a children’s toy, how would you recover it? “Loose” If your dog “borrowed” a delicious barbecue steak, what would save you hundreds of dollars? A “loose” order is a must in your arsenal. But how do you teach it reliably? You will find that out in this article today.

I can always find him. The dog can grab something and then he will run away than otherwise it will be taken away from him. If you approach him, he will get angry because the thing is too valuable for him OR he will swallow it too quickly so that you cannot reach it. But sometimes it’s a sharp pencil, a bag, a sock, or something poisonous. This can therefore lead to very dangerous situations where emergency veterinary help is needed. On the other hand, you have dogs running around carrying valuables because this is the only reliable way to get attention (hello remote control). “Maybe my hooman will play a nice hunting game with me! When it comes to things that can’t be broken or things that are dangerous to the dog, having a good “Laughter” in his arsenal is very important.

Step 1

The name of the game is trading. I prefer to teach it in games because you can easily keep up the enthusiasm and run. Is your dog too focused on certain toys? Then find something she is less motivated to do. You choose two identical toys that your dog likes to chase. The extractor is good for this.

  • Throw the toy A
  • If your dog comes back with this toy, check out Toy B, ready to throw away
  • Wait for the dog to knock Toy A out of his mouth
  • Then say “good kid” and throw toy B (preferably before toy A hits the ground)
  • Repeat
  • Repeat the rest
  • Associations are made only by repetition, so…. say it again!

Does your dog, 8-9 times out of 10, drop the toy immediately and voluntarily while waiting for the next one? Only then can you proceed to step 2

2nd step

If your dog is confident to release the toy if you show him another, then you add the “let go” command. You say “let go” before your dog releases the toy. Since you practiced this over and over in step 1, you have already created some sort of 6th sense for it. So you know when he will release. Some dogs are very energy efficient and can escape before they can get away with you, hoping they can save a few yards that way. Some dogs are only released if they are with you and other toys are visible. There are also dogs that have a hard time releasing the toy. They will last at first. You will notice that he starts to weaken his grip and a series of small bites sometimes occur. The game is very visible. He wanted to move on to the next thing and had to release the toy, but his jaws wanted to hold on to it. Be patient and reward him immediately by throwing him the next toy when he is finally released. This will be easier and more convenient for your dog. Again, repetition is the key!

Step 3

Don’t put toy B in the throwing position, just see it. Ask “go”. If your dog loses Toy A, say “good baby” and return Toy B. Don’t forget your timing!

Etype 4

Stop showing Toy B. Others remain the same.

Step 5

Say “okay” when he releases and show toy B. Don’t throw toy B but take toy A and throw it away.

Step 6

Now you can work out with just one toy!

Step 7

Once you’ve completed the first 6 steps, you can use the word “loose” in other situations and in other toys. If he is playing ball/rope/plastic bottle/… say “let go”. Rewarded every time he does a drug or game.

Step 8

In step 8, it is important to generalize the word “Laughter” outside of the context of the game. So now you can use it on a chew bone, chew rag, and in situations where it holds something that is not a toy. (handkerchiefs, slippers, children’s toys,…) Reward every time! Even if he knows the command very well, you need to reward him every time to keep the command trustworthy. Say: Wise dogs may discover that they can get food or attention by stealing things and then offer them to you to solve. However, you can always clearly identify by their behavior that they are doing it with purpose. It is important not to reinforce this situation. It also means that, up to this stage, you won’t use the word “laughter” in difficult situations, because the likelihood of him doing so is slim. By doing this you reduce the value of the order.

What if he doesn’t?

There are many reasons not to post. It usually has to do with motivation or the desire to go too fast. If you get stuck, take a step back. Doesn’t your dog want to release the toy? Then find a toy that he is less motivated. Dogs usually have strong preferences and if you start with his favorite toy, you can make it hard for yourself. This toy is something you build.

To begin with

Now you know how to do it. So do it! Execution is the way your dog learns. Use #kwispeltherapielosblog on facebook or instagram to show me your progress and tag my page. The cheerleader is here


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