Step 1: Condition the cue


You will initially train this behaviour when your dog has nothing in their mouth. Arm yourself with 5-6 small treats behind your back. Say “Drop it” once and freeze for one-second. Bend and scatter the treats on the floor in front of your dog. Use your hand to point them out silently. Practice at random times throughout the next few days and, ideally, when your dog least expects it. Make sure to try this step while you are both standing and sitting.

The order is important so make sure you are saying “Drop it” before you scatter the treats. You never want to say the cue at the same time or after you scatter them. You need to have a solid conditioned response in order to move forward.

If your dog has a history of getting aggressive over food, do not practice this behaviour.