How to Get Your Kleptomaniac Dog to Drop Anything
There is nothing better to a dog than grabbing something he shouldn’t have and then getting chased through the house!
If you watch puppies play with each other this is often the exact game they choose!
They grab an item, show the other puppies and then they are off to the races to try and keep their prize.
What NOT TO DO If Your Dog Grabs Something
Don’t chase him! Just don’t do it! Chasing is the BEST reward you can give him.
Don’t lose your mind!
And, also don’t lose your mind or yell or snatch things away.
You often only get one good snatch before your dog tries to swallow and consume the item.
The last thing you want is for your dog to swallow that sock he stole and then require thousands of dollars of surgery to have it removed!
Here’s What You SHOULD DO To Get Your Dog To Drop Anything
1. Remain Calm!
I know he might have just stolen your $300 sunglasses, but yelling or panicking is not going to help.
So smile and talk to him in a happy voice.
Change his focus to YOU and not the item.
2. Prepare for the Exchange
If your dog is a persistent thief I would recommend having treats or toys on you all of the time, until you get this behavior under control.
Show the dog that you have something of more value.
For instance what if I offered you $300 for your $100 bill; you would probably snicker and take me up on that right?
Encourage him over for the exchange.
If the dog is prepped and ready to run toss multiple treats on the ground.
The dog has to drop what is in his mouth to partake in what you have just thrown.
As I reach and take the object, I often toss another small handful so that there is no competition or conflict.
You must do all you can to reduce or remove conflict.
Isn’t that teaching your dog to bring you things?
But, after all, what is so bad about him bringing you anything he takes? 😉
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.