The dog runs away with the toy
Do not run after the dog. As your dog will find it very amusing and will think it is a catch game. Get the dog interested in you by running away from the dog or showing another toy, so it is interesting to approach you.
The dog does not want to give up the item
If your dog doesn't give up an item, never pull it from their mouth. It will only make your relationship worse. It's better to try to get the dog interested in a treat or a toy. This way, the dog will learn that they get something better for giving the item back.
Your dog growls when you approach
There is probably a problem with resource guarding that needs to be worked on. This behavior can be dangerous and it is best to go to a behaviorist who can help. This problem requires the right approach and patience.
1. Play tug with your dog. When the dog starts pulling, grab the toy close to your dog's mouth and wait for them to let it go. Never yank or pull the toy out of the dog. Just hold it still.
2. The moment the dog lets go of the toy, reward with a tug session or a treat.
3. When the dog immediately releases the toy, add the verbal command "give back."
1. Prepare two identical toys. Play with one toy. When the dog takes it to their mouth, make your dog interested in the other toy (toss it, run away with it, etc.). It will certainly be more attractive if it is moving.
2. When your dog lets go of the first toy, praise, and reward.
3. When the dog releases the toy, immediately add the verbal command "give back."
1. Stash delicious treats in your pocket.
2. When your dog grabs the toy and doesn't want to give it back, put a treat under their nose.
3. When the dog lets go of the first toy, praise, and reward.
4. After the dog lets go of the toy immediately, add the verbal command "give back."