Mr. N is not a natural retriever both by nature and genetics-wise. His toy drive was utterly squashed as a puppy. When his foster got him at the age of two, he didn’t know what toys were or how to play with them.
He’ll play fetch occasionally when he feels like it with soft toys but only then. Basically he is not a “mouthy” dog. When presented with objects for shaping, his inclination is to paw at them or nose them.
I’ve wanted to teach him how to put away his toys for quite a while but I didn’t think it would happen anytime soon seeing as I would have to teach him fetch from scratch. In the past two weeks, he has progressed from refusing to putting his mouth anywhere near objects to fetching a toy and putting it in his toy box. Next, we’ll be working on fetching the rest of his toys and putting them away as well.
I’ll be sharing more about the training process and putting up a video of Mr. N putting away his toys for next month’s Positive Pet Training Hop on July 7th.
So proud of my little pup.