Trick #10 Clean up Your Toys
By Sue Ridgley, Coco and Gigi
The goal: The ideal would be that you say “Clean up” and the dogs would pick up every toy in the room and deposit it in the toy box or basket. The reality is that you would be happy if the dogs put even one toy in the basket! Coco will do about four toys in sequence, which I think is pretty good, then he gets tired or bored with it! Gigi doesn’t have the hang of this trick yet and we’re beginning to work on it!
The procedure for training:
Back chaining is the process of starting where you want to end up, then teaching the steps from there. What are the steps?
(Do this at least 10 times at a time until he/she is successful 8 times.)
This is a challenging trick for Lhasas to learn. It takes patience and repetition, but the dogs enjoy their success! In fact, Coco takes a toy out of the basket so that he can put it back in and get a treat! It is also a foundation for playing basketball as it uses the same concepts (Take, hold, carry, drop)!