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The Collared Scholar wrote:Not only do his smarts take a back seat to his intensity, he loves those toys so darn much, he doesn’t want to let them go. When he first came to me at just over a year old, he could regularly be found toy hoarding, protecting his treasures with his entire body, and at times becoming aggressive if someone tried to take what was his.
With this particular dog, as you can probably imagine, teaching the “OUT” was a tricky endeavor. It required a bit of creativity, and still, to this day, requires a whole lot of persistence to get right. Just as I’d overcome one hurdle, it seemed another would pop up, stopping me dead in my tracks.
Now, I’m not going to lie and tell you I’ve got it all figured out with my dog. He’s still a work in progress. It’s taking a small army to reign in the beast. But I will tell you that he is a completely different dog from when I first got him a few months back. He’s gone from having no “OUT” and guarding his treasures, to bringing the toy back consistently, wanting to play WITH ME, and letting it go when asked.