been trained to put her own toys away on command. Back when I accidentally adopted my pit bull, I was so nervous about owning a pit bull I delved into research and training. I quickly learned she was like most bullies, food motivated and eager to please, and she became a star at training. I was a single-girl at the time, so I guess I did have a lot more time to devote to her training. Plus, what better retort is there if anyone ever questions owning a pit bull that she can put her own toys away--there are human children who don't even know how to do this!
You can click here and here to see the videos of Miss M putting her toys into the toy bin on command, and these are the steps I used to teach her:
Step #1: Retrieving
Step #2: Add "Drop It" to the Retrieving Command
Step #3: Reinforce "Bring it to Me" and "Drop it" as a Single Command
Step #4: Add the Box
So, when I saw your video of Miss
M, I basically saw fetch. His toys were in the living room and the toy
bins were in the hallway. So I threw a ball, asked him to "go get it,"
started walking out of the room hurriedly (he followed me out), and
"drop it" in bin. Then I said "good put it away," when he finished and
gave him a treat. We did variations of this (including pointing to toys
and instructing him to "take it") in 10 minutes spurts over the course
of a Saturday before he finally got it.
love to hear from anyone who has been successful with this trick, and
if you have videos, we would love you to post them on our Facebook page. And we would also like your ideas for any new tricks to teach Miss M...I'm kind of stuck.