Train Your Dog To Tidy Up Their Toys Overview

Train your dog to tidy up with this dog training trick from the Dog Training Planner.

With these seven steps your dog will be tidying up all of its toys so you don’t have to. You will need plenty of treats and a clicker to teach your dog to tidy up. Also, remember to be consistent when training your dog and ensure that you have good timing when clicking and rewarding.

The 7 Steps 

If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that I’ve written out all the steps from the video for you. I know. I know. I really am that nice (lol).

Videos are great if you’re a visual learner! Most people learn dog training drills best by first watching a video tutorial, and then having the written steps available during the training session, so they don’t get confused (Hey, if you want to completely avoid confusion, you might like to get your paws on my Dog Training Planner).

To make this blog post a more visual experience for you, I’ve snuck in some dog art that I created, in Quentin Blake’s style (if you’re curious, you can take a look at all my dog art here).

Step 1: Toy Container

Set up a container for your dog to put their toys into. When your dog shows an interest or goes near the container, click and reward.  

Step 2: Place Treat Inside

Target the container by placing a treat inside. When your dog puts their nose in, click and reward. 

Step 3: Increase Reward Criteria

Increase your reward criteria. When your dog sniffs at the bottom of the container for 2-4 seconds, you can click and reward. 

Step 4: Introduce An Object

Introduce an object. It is best to use an object that your dog is used to fetching, as they will make a better connection between the behaviours. Offer your dog the object and click and reward when they put it inside the container. 

Step 5: Add Multiple Toys

If your dog consistently puts their fetch item into the container, you can move on to multiple toys and items. Try from different angles and with different size objects.  

Step 6: Increase Reward Criteria

Increase the reward criteria by only clicking and rewarding when the dog puts multiple toys and items in the container. 

Step 7: Add Verbal Cue 

You can now introduce a verbal cue. This can be ‘basket’ or whatever cue you choice. Introduce this by pointing at an object, giving the command and clicking and rewarding when the item is dropped in the container. 

Before you go, read on to discover the secret sauce to dog training success...

Loving Leadership

Have a philosophy of loving leadership when training your dog.

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As a loving leader, you should be constantly working on the communication pathways with your dog. At the bare minimum, your dog should also have some basic commands such as the lie-down command, sit command, and stay command.

When your dog knows a few basic dog obedience commands he or she will feel loved because they know what you want and have no anxiety or fear about what they should be doing and when.

Once your dog has a few commands under his or her belt (I mean, collar), practice behaviour dog training, command dog training and tricks dog training regularly to ensure your dog is physically and mentally healthy. As you are probably acutely aware, untrained dogs have a way of taking over the control of a home if not taught otherwise (which can be a nightmare). A trained dog, however, will bring years of doggie love to your household.

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