How To Train A Dog With Toy Aggression

How To Train A Dog With Toy Aggression


Not every dog toy is safe for every dog. But most dogs are safe with most toys, and you can help your pooch develop better behavior around their toys with this four-step training process: Acknowledge the problem, stop rewarding aggressive behavior, get your pet comfortable with you around their toys, and teach them a drop command.

What is toy aggression?

  • Toy aggression is a form of aggression that dogs display toward objects.
  • While toy-related aggression is often caused by resource guarding, it can also be caused by fear, possessive aggression, territorial behavior or prey drive.
  • Dogs who are aggressive toward toys will typically show similar tendencies when they’re around other objects that belong to you like shoes and hats.

Understanding the symptoms.

Aggressive behavior in dogs is a common occurrence, and it can be difficult to understand why your dog is showing aggression.

Aggression is often a sign of dominance, fear or frustration. Dogs are territorial animals and will show aggressive signs if they feel their territory has been invaded or threatened. Aggression may also occur when a dog experiences pain and/or anxiety.

Understanding the causes.

The cause of toy aggression is often one or more of the following:

  • Inadequate training. A dog that hasn’t been taught how to properly interact with toys may be unable to cope with their owner’s expectations of them.
  • Lack of exercise. An under-exercised dog will often exhibit behavior problems, as this can be an outlet for pent up energy and frustration caused by boredom and lack of mental stimulation in its day-to-day life.
  • Lack of mental stimulation. A bored dog that doesn’t get enough mental stimulation from interacting with other dogs or people will look for ways to entertain itself—often by chewing things up so they don’t have to think about it anymore!

Preparing to train your dog.

The best way to get your dog’s attention is by using a training clicker. You can also use a whistle or say “yes!” in a high-pitched tone when your dog looks at you. This will let them know that when they look at you, they get rewarded!

Once you have their attention, it’s time to teach them how to leave the toy alone while playing with another dog.

As soon as they pick up the toy, lure them over towards you with treats or a treat ball and then tell them “leave it” until they drop it on the floor (or place). If this doesn’t work immediately then put some pressure on their neck/back legs so that he learns not only what “drop” means but also why we want him off of his toy!

Stop rewarding aggressive behavior with attention.

  • Don’t reward aggressive behavior with attention.
  • This can be difficult, especially if you’re a dog owner who has had this particular problem for a long time. You may feel that it’s your responsibility to give your dog some sort of positive reinforcement when he does something good, but this is not true! Your actions are just as important as his actions and if you keep rewarding him for being aggressive and taking toys away, then you’ll never get anywhere. If the toy aggression is bad enough where he needs surgery or medication (more likely than not), then make sure that while the vet treats him they also teach him how to behave properly around other animals in order to prevent any further issues from surfacing down the road.

Get your pet comfortable with you around their toys.

Before you can begin training, your dog must be comfortable with the toy. Therefore, it’s important that your dog is comfortable around the toy and has had a chance to play with it. Once this is achieved, you can move on to actually training your dog how to interact appropriately with other dogs who may be interested in their toys.

Teach them a drop command.

The drop command is a useful tool for both training and teaching your dog that they don’t need to be aggressive when they have a toy. It will make you the owner of their toys, which will help them learn not to bite people or other dogs when they’re playing with their own things.

The first step in teaching the drop command is getting your dog comfortable with giving up an object after they’ve been told to do so by you. This can take some time, so try this out at first when there are few distractions around like other people or animals. When you’re ready to start working on the drop command in more distracting situations, here’s what you should do:

  • Sit down next to your dog and show them a treat in one hand (you should also have treats nearby). Give each of your hands names that only apply during training sessions—for example, “good hand” and “drop hand.” Hold the treat near her nose but don’t let her eat it yet; instead say “good girl” or whatever else works best for praising good behavior from your pooch! When she’s looking away from both hands (so she doesn’t accidentally eat something), move one hand toward her face with food still inside it while holding onto another piece of kibble (or similar treat) with your other hand labeled as “drop hand” as needed throughout this process

Teach your dog an alternative behavior.

If your dog is aggressive with toys, it’s a good idea to teach him an alternative behavior. Instead of biting the toy, you should teach him to do something else. You can make this easy by asking him to perform a trick as soon as he gets excited about his favorite toy. This will help calm him down and prevent aggression from happening.

Some examples of alternative behaviors include:

Hold Your Paw (left front foot) for treats

Shake Hands with Treats

Roll Over on Back for Treats

You can help your dog overcome toy aggression, and have fun together in the process!

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you know how to train a dog with toy aggression. You’ve probably learned the basics of how to train a dog, and can use that knowledge to teach your pup new behaviors that will help him overcome his toy aggression problem.

To do this, it’s important not only that you get your dog interested in training (which we’ll cover later), but also that you reward him for good behavior with praise and treats whenever possible. This will help reinforce positive behaviors rather than negative ones, which will encourage them to continue doing what they’re supposed to be doing instead of getting into trouble by chewing on things or humping other dogs’ legs when they get excited around toys!

In addition to rewarding good behavior appropriately here are some other tips:


How to train a dog with toy aggression is something that many owners struggle with. However, it’s an important task because if you don’t take care of it now, you may have problems later. The good news is that these behaviors aren’t too difficult to change! You can use positive reinforcement like treats and praise to encourage your pup when they respond correctly, instead of punishing them for doing something wrong. This method promotes trust between owner and pet – which makes training easier in general!

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