• Dave Page

    May 13, 2021 at 9:23 am

    How old is Nugget?

    Is Nugget leashed when this happens?

    Where are you at in your obedience?

    Just a consideration. If a dog presents a behavior I don’t like I try to find a way to shape it to something useful they can be praised for.

    If nugget is leashed when it takes place he is providing a behavior and opportunity that could be tailored, and also rectify need to get out a fast heel etc.

    (This is assuming he isn’t possessive of the stick.) Example, nugget picks up stick. Nugget “bring it,” prompt him to you with leash, then a “drop it,” or “out” command while your hand is below his mouth.

    High praise when he does.

    Now it’s in your hand, and you can get rid of it.

    A similar situation to yours except with shoes is how Ace ended up picking things up for me if I dropped something, or carrying things for me I hand to him, and bringing my shoes in the mornings.