He is actually getting trained you know . Infact we sucessfully trained him not to steal the childrens toys, only to use his own toys.
We were careful not confuse him and such stuck to definate doggy toys i.e. no fluffy teds for him to pull apart or anything that might resemble a childs toy. He is 'allowed' nyla bones, Kongs, balls, tug ropes and squeaking things.
So far so good.
But then some eejit went and bought dd1 pump-a-lumps aka giant, inflatable dog squeakers
The Devil Dog is as we speak attempting to open the toy cupboard to retrieve his new giant squeakers.
So how do I teach him he is only allowed regular sized squeakers and not dd sized squeakers? Squeakers are his favourite and a useful training aud so I don't want to accidentially teach him he cannot have squeeking toys.
ah yes, I saw those on "This Morning" just before Christmas...
Loofas 'thing' is footballs, he just cant help himself and it doesnt matter where we go or what we do, if he sees a football he gets so excited. I have tried taking him up to the football field when there is a game on and just sitting and watching but he squeaks like a dog possessed! It is highly embarassing, so I walk away. It has got better over time though, so maybe constant in your face with the pump thingies is what to do?
Needless to say we do not own a football in this house.
Apart from teaching a cast iron "Leave it" (I did both my dogs by putting them on lead, dropping the best most favourite item with the command Leave, and them picking it up myself. Repeat it daily, for ever. I've got dogs who will drop bones on the leave it command) he'll not differenciate between the kids squeakies or his own - i think to say 'yes' to kids sqeakies and no to others will confuse the dog endlessly.