Seems like there's a lot of people on the H/A forum knowledgeable about dogs so I thought I'd ask here...
This 4-month old smarty quickly learned come, sit, stay, lie down, up/stand, jump, shake, roll over, spin and (luckily!) No/Leave it
But, we botched it when training him to Let Go / Spit
We first tried just praising him and using the command word when he'd naturally let go of toys during play or spit out something he brought in from the garden by himself (leaves etc.)
We thought this would work great as it's kinda how he learned jump and spin (by just pairing the word with his natural behaviours and getting praised/rewarded)
But - no such luck, he did not start responding to Let Go / Spit when asked
Then, we tried giving him treats to get him to spit out leaves/rocks he managed to snatch, again pairing with Let Go / Spit. This seemed to work great at first...
Now he's started trying to pick up the treats without spitting out the leaves/rocks X )
Do y'all have any advice / ideas on how to fix this?
Thanks in advance!
Most of the time, we're able to stop the puppy from picking up dangerous stuff on walks in the first place... but a moment's inattention and he could get into harm's way. So, I hope we haven't fu**ed up completely and there's still a way to teach him this important command....