Knock it Over

WHAT YOU ARE TRAINING

We’re teaching the dog to be accepting of novelty, movement and noise.

WHY SHOULD YOU TRAIN THIS

  • It increases confidence.
  • It’s fun.

HOW YOU WILL TRAIN THIS

Get something that your dog can knock over, like a plastic bottle.  Put it on the ground next to the dog and see what he does.  Encourage and reward interaction.  Reward by throwing the treat away from the bottle so the the dog has to deliberately come back to the bottle.  Jackpot reward your dog the first few times that he knocks the bottle over and stand the bottle up again so that he can have another go.

HELP

  • Be prepared to start with items that the dog is comfortable with.
  • Watch your dog’s body language to ensure that they’re having fun.

HOMEWORK

  • Repeat this game throughout your dog’s life, varying the item and also what’s in the item which will change way that the item moves and the sound it makes.