"Leave It" Cue

Dogs will eat anything! They are faster than us, too. Leave It can save their life if you drop your medicine on the floor or spill a box of chocolates. It is also useful for cats, other dogs, squirrels, people on bicycles or skateboards, etc.

Phase I

1.

Hide one treat behind your back. This will be the reward because they have to "leave" the other one.

2.

Hold the "leave it" treat in your other hand. Let your dog see/sniff it with your hand right under their chin. Close your fist and say "Leave it" ONE TIME. 

3.

Stay still and quiet and wait. When Fluffy moves her nose away from the treat, "Yes" and reward with the treat that is behind your back.

4.

Put the "leave it" treat back in your bag for later. Do not feed them the "leave it" treat.

Leave it means 'forget about it'. For it to be effective, we can't tell our dog to leave something and then tell them ok, get it. They will remain focused on it, waiting on  GO. Definitely not what we want if it's poison. Use "Wait" for 'pause until I say so' for treats and food. Use "Leave It" when you want them to remove all focus.

A hand signal generally isn't used for Leave It because it's most often said in a panic after you dropped something! But, a closed fist is a good option if you want to use one.

 

Phase II

1.

With your dog on leash, drop a treat on the floor in front of you and your dog so that your dog is between you and the treat.

2.

Cue "Leave It!" Do not drag Fluffy away from the treat, but keep the leash just short of reaching it. 

3.

Stay still and quiet and wait. When Fluffy moves her nose away from the treat, say "Yes". Give Fluffy a treat from your bag so that s/he must turn away from the 'leave it' bait to eat it.

4.

Pick up the 'leave it' bait and put it back in your bag for later.

Be careful not to toss the treat too far away. It should land no more than a few inches away from Fluffy's reach. 

Practice with safe objects as well. Toilet paper roll cobs, hairspray lids, tupperward lids, etc. When out for a walk, practice with cats, squirrels, etc.

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