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Yes, I tend to fold laundry when he is outside! We've been working on leave it and it works with MOST things. But somehow not with post it notes or laundry! You are making progress - it will get better!!!!

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"He is already doing better, though it's hard to fold clothes with him around. Everything's a big game. He's doing excellently with giving up items, at least to me."

You are teaching Apollo it is acceptable to take the clothes and you will reward him for giving it back. Is this what you want him to do as you fold laundry?

It is important to teach our pups to trade, drop and give. But do you want to do this every time you fold laundry.

What do you want Apollo to do while you are folding laundry? That would be your end goal. The clothing may be just way to tempting at his age to try to teach whatever skill you want while you are folding the laundry right now but you still want to think about building habits you do not like. This may be a time he should be crated or gated with a yummy kong. Work on the alternative behavior you want at another time when you are not doing household chores and when he understands the behavior you want then work on it while you are actually folding the laundry.

added to my post. I totally forgot you have an 18 and 10 year old. Instead of the gate or crate have one of the kids fold the clothes and you go have a training session with Apollo or have the 18 year old work a training session while you fold clothes. So you have many options. And the clothes can always wait until someone is available if you don't feel it is the time for the crate or gates.

Here is a great article that explains why management can make your life easier until you have the great behaviors you want.

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Originally Posted by cared7 View Post
He's half golden... It's funny, 5 siblings look like a typical golden, 2 look like Aussies, and 2 are black.
He is already doing better, though it's hard to fold clothes with him around. Everything's a big game. He's doing excellently with giving up items, at least to me. He leaves whatever it is and gets ready for a treat. With the others he's a bit more stubborn. He wants the treat, but tries to keep the item too.

I can tell he is trying to stop nipping, too. It's just hard to do!

I'm going to spend the day Decluttering and hopefully that will help. Well, after my nap. 5am is not a good wakeup for me, but that's another thread.
Solinvictus just beat me to the point I was going to make. I was going to say, fold your laundry up on the kitchen counter - away from the puppy. Don't let him learn the habit of stealing clothes.

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Yes, definitely not a habit I want him to have! He learned to use his Kong this weekend, so that is what I've been giving him to distract him from sock stealing during folding.

It's been so rainy it's been hard to really tire him out, but I noticed that even 15 minutes playing fetch (or his puppy version of it "chase") really helped him nap longer and more deeply. He didn't keep waking up to follow me around.

The trainers were here yesterday and they are so impressed with him. I don't know that he's ever going to get good at staying off the couch unless invited (because my kids won't be consistent about inviting him) but all of the other stuff he's doing really well on. Even walking w/ a leash with his new harness...he's hardly biting it at all.
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