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teach your dog to nose target the phone every time it rings.

teach the nose target

ring the ringer and give the target command at the same time. keep reapeating this a whole lot in different rooms in the house.

periodically test it by just ringing the ringer.

when the dog makes the connection and targets without the verbal cue, give them a jackpot reward and repeat this exercise in different rooms in the house.


I'm so doing this with Wally.

And while I'm at it, I'm going to teach him to bark at sounds like the oven beeping or the kettle going off, by switching the cue and sound (hopefully it'll work - seems like the same method)
 

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If you trained the dog to find the phone when it rings wouldn't the dog always go looking for the phone everytime it rings? If the dog is very reward driven it probably go running through the house trying to get to the phone then looking at you for a treat.
Heh, probably. But then you can put a cue to it.

Once the ringing gets him eager to find the phone - have him wait for the cue to go ahead and find it.

Something like he hears the ring -> wants to get the phone and looks to you for "permission" -> gets cue -> finds phone -> does whatever when he finds phone -> gets rewarded.

Not sure if it would work, but it worked for me and getting my dog to not just chase at whim as well as for some other of his behaviors.
 
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