A short story about a boy and his dog.

The Never Gonna Let You Go is a song by the band, Ultimate Puppy. They released their first album in 2011. Read more in detail here: never gonna give you up.

To Possess & Hold

Let go of it! Leave it alone! Let it go! There’s so much pressure!

With his mouth, a puppy explores the world. It’s a pre-programmed response. Showdowns and tug-of-war battles will only serve to erode trust, encourage resource guarding, and irritate both you and the puppy.

There is a better way to do things. It makes a difference how you react. To begin, realize that you are not attempting to ‘stop’ a natural tendency. Setting the pup up for success as well as correcting and teaching alternate behaviors are all necessary.

There are four things you can do.

1. Take Care of Your Environment

  • Pick up things that aren’t supposed to be there. Scan the area ahead of time (inside and out) and do your best to clean up or put away anything you don’t want the puppy to eat.
  • Keep an eye on the dog. To help keep the puppy in a’safe zone,’ use a leash or a gate.

2. Create a History of Reinforcement

Practice particular activities many times to improve the likelihood of the puppy letting go of items when you ask.

  • Chirag Patel’s Drop Game should be taught. Your puppy will begin to play this game during the first few days of being brought home. It’s straightforward and effective. The dog first hears the word drop, then notices a tiny amount of tasty food on the ground. After that, you tap your finger against the meal. It’s critical to keep your hand near the food as the dog eats. The instructions are in the same sequence as they were given. Say ‘Drop’ first, then the food will emerge. Watch the whole video to learn more about how to improve this fantastic game.
  • You have a few choices if the item your dog takes isn’t hazardous. You may trade the item or use it to play a game. If your dog picks up one of your shoes, you may pick up the other. If you throw it in the air and jump about with it, or tap and wiggle it on the ground, your dog is likely to drop the one he has and come over to see what all the fuss is about. The moral of the tale is to be creative in how you react to your dog picking up objects. Always try to be aware of how you react.
  • Trade the puppy if he picks up anything that isn’t harmful but is icky or something he may ruin. Consider trading him for something he prefers.

Some of the things that are considered “off limits” are really hazardous. You must act quickly if your puppy picks up anything that may be dangerous if consumed. Quickly and precisely remove the item from his mouth. Keep the conversation to a minimum.

3. Use the Appropriate Reward

To be successful with your efforts, you must choose food and toys that your puppy is enthusiastic about; you want him to like them! You must make it worthwhile for him to abandon everything he discovers and insert [something you are attempting to steal from him].

Tiny bits of chicken, cheese, hot dog, steak, high value dog treats (typically a single protein) like lamb lung, chicken hearts, or raw freeze dried food are some examples of worthy reinforcement. Working with canned dog food or prepared ground meat or chicken is also a good option. Raise your dog’s pay!

4. Double-check your work

You haven’t finished your job until you’ve proofed it.

Create practice scenarios using safe, tempting distractions like a brown paper bag, toast, paper towel, washcloth, or a piece of wood. Use your imagination. You’ll use a leash to guide your puppy down this path, making sure he doesn’t go too close to the object.

  • Reward the dog for just glancing away from a safe distance. Make a kissing sound to get them to turn their heads towards you. Make a note of it and follow up with something amazing.
  • Next, try going by the object while continuing to reinforce for looking away — you may cue again with a kissing sounds, but if you practice many repetitions, the pup will begin to look away on his own since he will have been HEAVILY rewarded for doing so in the past!
  • TIP: For this, choose foods with a high nutritional content. 
  • The distance between the dog and the placed distraction will progressively be reduced.
  • Next, try utilizing your improved “drop” cue or “recall” away from planted objects.
  • As you cry out “Come!” for the recall, keep it positive and enjoyable.
  • Instead than focusing on the request being too difficult, always focus on success! Steps in the right direction!

Begin with caution.

It’s not about preventing your dog from doing a natural activity. From the start, it’s all about your knowledge and best practices. This manner, acquiring, protecting, and devouring off-limit things will never be a problem for you. Continue to practice and improve to keep it properly oiled.

Puppy-raising Success!

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