Maverick recently bit the 12-year old in the home when he tried to take something away
from Maverick, so today we taught Maverick how to Drop It. He did fine with his toys, but once we gave Maverick the object that he had when he bit (a shoe insert) he would not give it up. Although he didn't growl or try to bite me he was definitely protecting it. We took our time, offering Maverick treats, until he finally dropped it. I picked up the shoe insert, gave him some treats, and gave it back. You read that right. I gave it back to him! Why? Because we had to build trust. Maverick has to learn that "drop it" does not always mean something gets taken away. We did this over and over until he was eagerly giving it up, and then we could trade the shoe insert for something else. Next session: teaching Leave It so Maverick doesn't take things in the first place!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI