How to Teach Your Dog to Grab Items

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How to Teach Your Dog to Grab Items
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You'll need your treats as usual.

You'll need your treats as usual.

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Also get your dog and a toy of theirs. A toy is the easiest thing to teach GRAB with, but once you have the method you can transfer it to other objects.

Also get your dog and a toy of theirs. A toy is the easiest thing to teach GRAB with, but once you have the method you can transfer it to other objects.

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Get the dog to approach the item. If they stiff it, give a treat.

Get the dog to approach the item. If they stiff it, give a treat.

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If they lick it, give a treat.

If they lick it, give a treat.

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If they full on grab it, give a treat. The idea is to gradually increase the requirement to get the treat. When they grab fully, I give a jackpot, or a small hand full of treats.

If they full on grab it, give a treat. The idea is to gradually increase the requirement to get the treat. When they grab fully, I give a jackpot, or a small hand full of treats.

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Next is to transfer the item out of your hand. Now you get to use your hand signal ( I use a claw motion) and your verbal, GRAB. The idea is to only give a treat for a full pick up and hold.

Next is to transfer the item out of your hand. Now you get to use your hand signal ( I use a claw motion) and your verbal, GRAB. The idea is to only give a treat for a full pick up and hold.

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Here is the full motion.

Here is the full motion.

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This is a look at the steps with something my dog has never grabbed before. These are the steps you look for to increase the requirement.

This is a look at the steps with something my dog has never grabbed before. These are the steps you look for to increase the requirement.

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Here's the full thing!

Here's the full thing!

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You can have your dog pick up near anything!

You can have your dog pick up near anything!

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I have it to where my dog will pick up my pen if I drop t, even without a command.

I have it to where my dog will pick up my pen if I drop t, even without a command.

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GRAB is a great tool for many other commands! Check back soon for more training!

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