Raising young kids and dogs at the same time is not an easy task. You just have so much to deal with! The last thing you want is for your dog to tear up one more toy, that belonged to your kids. You have done everything you can think of and it’s just not working out.
So what can you do in this circumstance?
Well, take heart! I am going to help with some very practical advice. I want you to know, that this will work. You will need PATIENCE as you work through this skill.
The first part of this is teaching your dog the place skill. Take a few days to show your dog, how to do this. If you don’t know how to do this, watch this video. It will guide you through the principles and practice steps.
Once you have done that, the rest is a pretty simple process. Have your dog in their place with the slip leash on the dog, have your dog’s food in a food pouch and you may want a Kong toy on standby.
Allow your dog to take at least one step off the bed without permission but don’t allow the dog to get to your kid’s toys. When the dog comes off the bed, tell them “No” and put them back on their place. Keep repeating this, until your dog stays on the bed in a down position, with your kid’s toys in view, for thirty or more seconds. Now, it’s time to reward your dog for the next twenty to sixty seconds.
At the end of the exercise, bring your dog a Kong toy as a reward for getting it.
I hope this was helpful. Let me know in the comments below.
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