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My puppy is a sneaky shark :/
So, all has generally been going well with Lucy. We have still yet to enroll her in puppy training due to the darn Giardia. So I am thinking to ask you guys your thoughts on a probably very common, annoying behavior.
Lucy really seems to enjoy grabbing anything that dangles or drops to the ground and pulls on it with her teeth or takes it under the bed (like shoes and paper). Additionally, she likes to bite at my clothes when I try to put them on, especially pant legs. I have tried a firm no with her. However, she always thinks I am playing with her when I am really trying to discipline her. The constant grabbing and biting of things that do not belong to her is really grating on my nerves. I am afraid that she will rip apart my clothes at some point or get ahold of something that is dangerous. I try my best to keep everything off the ground, but sometimes it's inevitable. Is the only way to correct this is to teach the command "drop it"? I started training her with the "leave it command" in a controlled way with her toys. She did okay with that. However, she KNOWS if something drops to the ground that it is instantly more valuable to her (because she knows it's something she shouldn't have) and she races to catch it before me and takes it under the bed.
This morning I put her in the bathroom for a time out for about 30 seconds. However, time outs don't work when she is under the bed and I am unable to get to her.
What can I do to correct this behavior? Is "leave it/drop it" the only way to correct it?