Since this is the last week of toys in the scent-a-whirl, I decided I better revisit article pick ups with Kazee. He will be learning all three article styles – metal, wood and leather.
As always, I am still very informal with him. However, my requirements must remain in place: clean pickups, no mouthing and no dropping the article. Because of our past learning issues with picking up and holding items, he can respond in a somewhat unconfident way. He will try to push the article into me, without making any eye contact.
With his dumbbell, I am still letting him deliver the dumbbell by jumping up onto me, but by sitting on the ground, Kazee was not sure what to do with himself.
If you have a dog who is more motivated by food, you can do exactly the same thing I did with the tug toy. Just try to make the food a little more exciting than popping it into the dog’s mouth. For example, have them chase the cookie for a few seconds to build more value for it.
The dog needs to be able to pick up and deliver items before adding them into the scent-a-whirl. So, make sure you continue to work this separately with your young dog. The more items the better! It does not have to be only articles and dumbbells.
Train hard and play harder!!