Day before yesterday while playing with Ted I got him to understand that if you drop something you get a treat. Worked fine, each time he returned with the toy he got his treat. Was a lovely feeling Yesterday while standing in the garden with some friends having a smoke, Ted was lolling around in typical dog fashion. Then I suddenly noticed he was chewing on a medium stone, oh heck if he swallows that there'll be a ££ vet bill. Drop I said, little fella spat out he stone and ran over for his treat. Needless to say I was delighted! My point here is that I now know if he's chewing something he's not supposed to, and possibly something dangerous, we have an ability/opportunity to (hopefully) get him to spit it out, rather than having to get to him and remove it physically. I'm sure this has been covered before, but I feel it may be important to say this again, especially for first time dog owners like ourselves.