Teach your dog to tidy up their toys

Teach your dog to tidy up and they'll learn a new trick as well as keeping your living room tidy and organised.

Adult trailhound, outside, playing with toy

For our four-legged friends, tidying up toys can be as fun as playtime. Teaching your dog new tricks engages their mind. Plus, the bonus of a tidy living room is pretty good for us humans too.

Let’s find out how to teach your dog to put away their toys with the help of Dog School coach Allie and her pooch Rufus.

All you need is some of their favourite treats and, of course, your dog’s favourite toys. 

How to train your dog to tidy up

1
Teach your dog to pick up the toy

Pick up a toy and show it to your dog. Whenever your dog shows interest in the toy, mark it and reward them for engaging with it with your marker or cue word and a treat. Look out for the moments when …

2
Introduce a verbal cue

You can then start to introduce a verbal cue, like 'get it’. Keep repeating step one but introduce ‘get it’ the moment they put their mouth around the toy. Continue to mark and reward.

3
Practise with different toys

Next, try holding the toy in different places. Then, keep it on the floor for them to pick up and try it with different toys.

4
Teach your dog to drop

Once your dog is used to the idea of picking up a toy and holding it, you want to start teaching them to drop it. So, ask your dog to ‘get it’. Then, as soon as they let go and drop the toy, mark and reward.

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