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.

3. 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?

Absolutely!

But, after all, what is so bad about him bringing you anything he takes? 😉

 

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Comments

  1. Pam says:

    Isn’t that teaching the dog to return something only if they get a treat?

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    Minette Reply:

    Why is that wrong? Do you get paid to work?

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  2. Cathy says:

    Wouldn’t this encourage more theft, to get the reward?

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    Minette Reply:

    It encourages your dog to bring things to you instead of running to chew them

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  3. Audrey Larsson says:

    My young Malinois is a great one for making games by grabbing a pillow or a washcloth or……anything that is handy. She used to take off and run….but now I greet her with a cheery….”look what you have…..such a good girl…leave it (or drop it) ” and she is so pleased with herself that she offers it back (game over) !!

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  4. Jeanette says:

    Does this behavior have anything to do with the pup needing attention or more excercise? I have been trading for treats for months, she’s 8 months old and I’m pretty sure she takes things to get a treat.

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    Minette Reply:

    Read the article, once on cue stop rewarding and only thank the dog for retrieving. she will stop stealilng

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