How Do You Force A Dog To Let Go Of Something In Its Mouth?

How Do You Force A Dog To Let Go Of Something In Its Mouth?

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How do you make a dog drop something out of its mouth?

One of the most difficult things to do is to get a dog to drop a toy, slipper, TV remote control, dead animal, bone, etc. from its mouth.

When a dog has something that you want back, or you want out of its mouth, its typical response will be to either run away with it, clamp down hard and not let go, or to swallow the object. If the dog runs, it can get hit by a car. If the dog won’t let go, the object is destroyed. If the dog swallows the object, then you might be facing thousands of dollars in veterinary bills.

If you try to force the object from the dog’s mouth, it will often start to intensely growl. And for some dogs, that can provoke a serious bite or even an attack.

So, how do you get a dog to “drop it”?

You don’t.

If you have a dog that guards resources, then you are in over your head. Stop what you are doing and think: this dog could attack me. You need to hire a professional and get advice on how to proceed. One of the biggest difficulties that even police dog handlers face is getting a dog to let go of its grip on a person. Oftentimes even their own trainers have trouble getting a dog to release it’s bite on a suspect. That opens them up to lawsuits, because the suspect can sue for the use of excessive force.

So, if they can’t always get their highly trained dogs to let go… then how are you going to do it with your untrained dog?

You can’t. You don’t know what you are doing. And if you force the issue, by making it more intense, by scolding the dog, or hitting, or dominating the dog… expect to be nursing some serious wounds in the emergency room. You provoked the bite. It wasn’t the dog’s fault. You are an idiot.

Go get professional help. Find someone good, however. Because very few trainers know how do do this properly… remember what I said about police dogs. Even their trainers sometimes don’t know what to do. Then they have to hire someone even better to help them.

Sam Basso is a professional dog trainer and behaviorist, in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale metropolitan area. He’s known for being fun, kind, intelligent, and humane. Sam Basso has a unique personal touch. He has appeared on his own TV show, been a guest radio expert, gives seminars, publishes a dog related blog, does rescue volunteering, and is active in promoting animal welfare and fair dog laws.

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