Train your dog to tidy up with this simple dog training tip. This tip was taken from the Dog Training Planner.
Outcome: Dog Learns to Tidy Up Their Toys
With these seven steps your dog will be tidying up all of their toys so you don’t have to. You will need plenty of treats and a clicker to teach your dog to tidy up and remember to be consistent when training your dog and ensure that you have good timing when clicking and rewarding.
Set up a container for your dog to put their toys into. When the dog shows an interest, or goes near the container, click and reward.
Target the container by putting a treat inside. When your dog puts their nose in, click and reward.
Increase your reward criteria. When your dog sniffs at the bottom of the container for 2-4 seconds, you can click and reward.
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.
If your dog consistently puts their fetch item into the container, you can move onto multiple items. Try from different angles and with different size objects.
Increase the reward criteria by only clicking and rewarding when the dog puts multiple items in the container.
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.