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Hi Everyone I have a 15 month cockapoo who we all love to bits the issue is stealing. Which I know is completely normal behaviour I'm just wondering if it ever stops 😭 I have 2 young kids who aren't allowed toys downstairs anymore and dog isn't allowed upstairs. As soon as he hears ANYTHING drop on the floor he bolts straight for it. He can be sitting chewing on a high value cow hoof and still go for it. The constant management is getting me down. Of course I would never leave the dog and kids alone together anyway it's just everyday we are constantly saying watch out or the dog will get that. I know every dog is different and some dogs don't bother with things our family members have a dog that can be amongst so many toys food shoes etc lying about and doesn't give a hoot! Just walks about minding his own business. Where as mine could never. He would need to be on the leash. Any advice or reassurance I know he's still young will I ever have a relaxed house again 🤣
 

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Focus in your training on teaching ‘leave it’. Lots of youtube videos on how to do it! Use a toy for that and high value treats. It will take a bit for him to actually do this in real life not just a training session.
next important thing is teach ‘stay’! He needs to learn to stay even when there is a noise or something falling on the ground!
Have about 3-4 training sessions a day for only about 5-10 minutes Max! You will be impressed with the progress!!
there are indoor lines for dogs as well, which can help short term! They are light and it just gives you the ability to have more control of his environment.
 

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Thanks for the reply he does know these things but seems very stubborn and determined sometimes! Il defo need to focus more on it.
have you trained them with toys in particular? Puppies at that age can’t translate leave it with a treat to leave it with something else. Mine was great with leave it, but ate all my plants…so practiced that and with time it got better and now he is not fussed. They can be incredibly stubborn,can’t they?😅 I literally burst into tears in front of my palm tree once because whatever I did, Monty just went back to it. Keep training and thank the universe that it gets easier wuth time
 

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have you trained them with toys in particular? Puppies at that age can’t translate leave it with a treat to leave it with something else. Mine was great with leave it, but ate all my plants…so practiced that and with time it got better and now he is not fussed. They can be incredibly stubborn,can’t they?😅 I literally burst into tears in front of my palm tree once because whatever I did, Monty just went back to it. Keep training and thank the universe that it gets easier wuth time


Oh definitely been many a meltdown here! 😅 Whatever he steals I usually practice dropping it more times and telling him to leave it, as soon as he knows I have treats on me he's only interested in them and will sit patiently waiting 😂 I guess it forces me to keep everywhere tidy so he can't get in at stuff 🙄 maybe he's doing me a favour 😂
 

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I think sometimes you need to turn it on it’s head and look at why he is doing it - and for many pups they learn that stealing an item leads to great fun of a chase and then some super tasty treats. Things like leave and drop are great, but does this get a similar level of reward to staking things - probably not.

To resolve it you need a new ploy, have a family discussion about mega tidying of important stuff and “accidentally” drop some safe stuff that pup can steal and you can ignore.

Think about how you currently deal with things and why that is fuelling the behaviour and work out from that how you can do things differently
 
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