Picking up or Stealing Objects
- The dog picks up slippers
- The dog steals
- The dog picks up the remote control for your television set
- The dog picks up everything in his path
Manyhave a tendency to pick up everything that happens to be in their path, whether it is edible, or not. Many will “steal” slippers, clothes, , whatever. Some of them steal objects to destroy them, to bury them, or to obtain attention. From papers to the remote control, the dog wants you to react. If you catch the dog in the act. give him the long spray right away. Moreover, as soon as you see him sniffing an undesirable object, you must act by giving him the VW 'HEY!' + SHORT SPRAY immediately, followed by a command.
- Place your dog in situations where he is likely to steal objects, either by placing a steak or chicken on your kitchen table, or by leaving your shoes, or any other object, that your dog could steal. Patiently observe your dog.
- When your dog goes towards the or the desired object, give him the VW 'HEYI" + SHORT SPRAY immediately with an assertive tone.
- Immediately redirect your dog with a or with a basic command such as 'SIT / STAY' (see Section 2), then congratulate him with the SR "SOUND + GOOD!"; if he obeys the command, let him wander freely, and keep your eyes open so that he doesn't return to the same place.
- Two minutes later, if the dog hasn't relapsed, congratulate him with the SR "SOUND + GOOD!', but withhold the treat.
- If the dog behaves, praise your dog when he has shown you that he understands that the object on the table is not for him.
- After 5 minutes of success reward him.
- Practice the exercise when your dog thinks you're absent, using the long spray without saving 'HEYI', so the dog understands that even if you are not in sight, his tendency to steal will be corrected.
The idea is that one never allows a dog to end your command without your having given him the 'O.K. / GOOD! / COME' sequence. When you accustom your dog to not asking for, and by rewarding him whenever he co-operates, the dog will realize that the only way to obtain is to remain calmly in place. This behavior is particularly welcome when you have guests over for supper.
Consult the section dedicated to the command "GIVE and DON’T TOUCH", if you do not manage to recover the stolen object. There is a way to make sure that the dog takes nowithout having received the release cue "O.K: This will incite the dog not to steal , neither in the , nor outside. Maintain control on your dog at all times by not allowing the dog to eat anything without having received the release cue "O. K.". You will prevent poisoning, or the transmission of disease. AII family members should be made aware that the dog is not to eat a single thing without having received the release cue "O.K."