Teaching your dog the ‘drop it’ command is important for safety. Let your dog have the toy he enjoys playing with and put the bait in front of his nose so that he drops the toy to get the bait. Get more than one toy to keep him interested. Eventually your dog may start dropping things to please you. Be sure to have different items so that you’re not just patterning the dog. If your dog is running away from you so that it doesn’t have to drop an item, calmly walk up to the dog instead of chasing him. Be firm and consistent with the training. Don’t repeat the command again and again as the dog will start ignoring the command completely. When you see your dog chewing something, give the command in a firm tone. If your puppy doesn’t drop the item, use a good smelling bait to get him drop the item.