Our expert says:
Hi Husky Fan
This could be a learned behaviour. She has learnt that if she steals something, you either run after and chase her or you yell and talk to her. It all is attention. It does not matter if you smack her or scould her, it is all attention. Try and teach her to bring things to you. In other words, teach her to take a toy from you with you still holding onto it and ask/bride her to leave it with a treat. Make a huge fuss if she has. Once she has done that, teach her to pick it up 1m from you and bring it to you for a treat/reward. Make it very positive. If she steals something, do not run after her or anything, just ignore her, go inside, get a very special toy/treat and encourage her to come to you. When she does, do not grab at whatever she has in her mouth, offer her a treat/toy that she is allowed to have and if she takes that, make a huge fuss and remove the thing she is not allowed to have without any fuss. Then you can play with her with the new toy that she is allowed for a little bit. She will soon learn to collect things and bring them to you to get you to play with her or throw a ball for her.
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