After playing with your dog, does your house looks like a complete mess with all the toys scattered everywhere? Don’t you think it would be nice if your dog gives you a helping hand to clean up his mess on his own? This guide will help you to train your dog to clean up his toys and make your life a little easier.
Training your dog to clean up the mess will not only make your house look clean and tidy, but it will also make your pooch smarter and obedient. It will help to make the bond between you and your dog healthier and stronger. It will also help your dog to burn some extra energy. So without any further ado, let’s get started.
Things you will need
- A basket where you want the dog to put all his toys, make sure not to change the basket at least till the time the dog is adequately trained.
- Some favourite toys
- Delicious treats
With all these, you will require a lot of patience and consistency. Training your dog to clean up his toys is an advanced training technique, and this would require a reasonable amount of time and efforts so don’t expect your dog to learn it within a day or a week.
How to train your dog to clean up his toys?
Step 1 Teach “take it”
The first step towards training your pooch to clean up his mess is to make your dog understand the “take it” command.
You can teach this command by keeping your dog’s favourite toy in front of him and excite him to pick up the toy, once he does that praise him and give him a treat. Do this consistently till your dog gets the hang of it.
Step 2 Teach “drop it”
The next step is to teach “drop it” command. You can do this by keeping a delicious treat in your hand that your dog cannot resist. Hold the treat in your hand and ask the dog to drop the toy, and once he does that praise him by giving a treat. Do it several times till your dog is well acquainted with the “drop it” command.
Step 3 Teach “take it” from the basket.
Once your dog is trained for “take it” and “drop it” command, the next step is to place a basket where you want him to put all his toys.
Find an appropriate space for the basket and make sure not to change the place. Keep the toys in the basket and sit next to it. Now excite your dog to take the toy from the basket by using the “take it” command and reward him once he follows through. Do this consistently till your dog gets used to it.
Step 4 Teach “drop it” in the basket.
Now, this can be a little tricky, unlike the “take it” from the basket part. Now you have to make your dog understand that he has to drop the treat inside the basket and not anywhere else.
You can keep the toy near the basket and sit next to the basket. Now excite your dog to take the toy using “take it” command and then hold a treat in your hand and direct his vision inside the basket by placing your hand having treat inside the basket and ask him to drop the treat inside the basket using “drop it” command.
It may require some tries or maybe more, but stay consistent and don’t lose hope. Once your dog drops the treat inside the basket reward him with the treat and praise him.
Make him practise this till he does it correctly every time you ask him to put the treat inside the basket.
Step 5 Increase the distance of the treat from the basket
This step should not take a lot of efforts once you master step 5. Increase the range of the toy from the basket by placing it a little farther and repeat step 4.
Try the above step by placing the toy at different places every time so that your dog can understand that the ultimate goal is to put the toys inside the basket.
Try all these steps different kinds of toys so that the dog doesn’t associate the training with any specific toy.
Do these steps until your dog can follow your command correctly most of the times.
Step 6 Combination of Step 3,4,5
Now try putting all the toys inside the basket and ask your dog to “take it” and then once the dog drops it on the floor ask him to “drop it” in the basket and then rewards him.
Once you are successful in teaching your dog to pick toys from the basket and drop it back, you can give this exercise a name like “clean up”.
You can teach the “clean up” command by speaking “clean up” just before the dog drops the toy inside the basket and give him a treat and slowly with time the dog will understand what clean up means.
The above method might sound hectic, but once you start and see the results, you will start enjoying the process and have fun by seeing your dog cleaning up his toys.
Make sure to remain calm and have patience throughout the process. It will take time, and your dog may end up making a lot of mistakes, but if you are consistent and determined in your training, then you will surely succeed.
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