I’ve owned a dog for a number of years and never had a problem with him dropping it. I will say, he is not a very good at it. I’ve had dogs drop it from time to time, and I have never had one that wasn’t on the ground at the time. I’m not sure why this happens, but it doesn’t. So, I will say that I am not a dog owner, I am a dog lover.
The problem with dogs dropping it is that they are very reactive dogs and do not drop it when they are on fire. They will bite if you try to pick them up.
I think it is a matter of training them to drop it. If a dog does not know he can drop it you can just train them to stop pulling and they will stop doing it. If they try to pull and it is not controllable, they may have a few seconds before they are able to drop it. This is a good trick to use if you have dogs that do not want to drop it.
The article I linked to above seems to indicate that we should train our dogs to drop it, but I would also suggest that we do the same for humans. We can teach a dog to drop it by giving them treats, or by saying, “Drop it,” when they are pulling and do not control it.
You can also make a simple game out of this strategy. Go to your dog and say, Drop it, and when it is not controllable, say, Drop it, and then give them a treat. As a dog will do this, the treat should make them drop it. Dogs who are not trained to drop it are often trained to be aggressive, so you might want to teach them that the treat is a challenge and can make them drop it.
The game is named Drop it, because the dogs who aren’t trained to be dropped are trained to be aggressive and want to fight. Which leads us to our next point…
Many dog owners have trouble teaching their dog drop it. Dogs who are not trained to be dropped are trained to be aggressive, so you might want to teach them that the treat is a challenge and can make them drop it.
The problem with teaching your dog drop it, is that it’s difficult to control it. Even if you have lots of training videos for your dog, it’s still difficult for your dog to learn. We want to teach your dog not to drop it, so its actions become automatic to them. Because it’s automatic, you can control the amount of drop-off they get.
This is just a little thing we do at DogDrop.com, and we use it in our training videos because most dogs will get a little aggressive when their dropped treat is given. So we simply give them verbal training, and they learn that the treat is a challenge and won’t be given to them if they drop it. They learn that they can get away with just a little bit more of a challenge.
You can find our drop-off videos in the “DogTraining” section.