Begin by placing a bucket near your dog. Be sure that the bucket you select is sturdy, with no sharp edges. Your dog will likely investigate this new object you placed before him—this is great! Click and treat for any interaction with the bucket, such as glancing at the bucket, walking towards it, sniffing it, touching it, and so on. At some point, decide on a goal behavior based on the behaviors your dog has offered and reinforce only that behavior. This behavior might be paw on the bucket, head in the bucket, rolling the bucket, or even carrying the bucket. Once your dog is demonstrating the goal behavior reliably, you can add a cue.
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