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So my 1yr old Beagle/Boxer comes and puts her toys on the couch by whoever is sitting there when she wants to play. How do I teach her not to put anything on the couch but rather put it on the floor in front of the person? I don't want to discourage her from asking to play, but not everyone likes a slobbery dog toy put on them.
 

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I would try rehearsing the behavior where you ask for a drop before she can place the toy on the couch, and reward the drop with something of value...a food reward or a game of tug. Otherwise, no drop = getting taken back to a starting point for a do over. This is all dependent on you dog knowing 'drop', however.
 

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I think this is the GREATEST thing.. and you want to extinguish it?

I would build on her putting the toy on the couch to putting her toys away in a box. Then have her start doing things like picking things up off the floor and putting them 'where they belong.." Like the keys on a low table or the cell phone on the coffee table.

You can USE this, make it a game and make it REALLY useful!
 

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I think this is the GREATEST thing.. and you want to extinguish it?

I would build on her putting the toy on the couch to putting her toys away in a box. Then have her start doing things like picking things up off the floor and putting them 'where they belong.." Like the keys on a low table or the cell phone on the coffee table.

You can USE this, make it a game and make it REALLY useful!
While I agree it is fun and cool... Guests don't want wet toys being put on them. How can I teach all these things you are talking about?
 

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I would get her on a clicker if she is not already www.clickertraining.com.

When she picks up a toy, get up and go toward the toy box (she will likely follow you). When she is near the toy box click and offer a bit of food. She will drop the toy and take the food. Build on this.. the point is the dog already naturally picks things up and sets them down on other things (in this case the couch). Now you want her to pick them up and put them somewhere specific.

Next you use the clicker for teaching the dog different itiems. Start with what she knows (toys) and when she picks up her toy say the word. Repeat it and pretty soon she will know what toy is. Next use a different item she wants to pick up (like a ball.. of course the other toy she is picking up can't be a ball) and when she picks it up say Ball and she will learn what ball is.

Once you figure out how to break the behavior into a little steps leading to the over all thing you want, you can train this dog to do anything.

BTW your guests should be HONORED that your dog thinks enough of them to bring them her toys, dog slobber and all! :D
 
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