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Sassy is a 5 month old collie puppy learning 'Leave It'.

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  • First find 2 treats that your dog likes. Then take the treats and your dog over to a place on the floor or to a low table like a coffee table.
  • Put one treat in your pocket and set the other on the floor or table right in front of your dog's nose.
  • As you set this treat down, you'll notice that your dog is staring at it and drooling. As you set it down, say, "Leeeave It" very slowly and firmly, but in a normal voice. Keep your hand right there. If your dog leans in to get it, just cover it with your hand and repeat, "Leave It"
  • Wait just a few seconds, then grab the treat and praise your dog wildly telling him what a good dog he is. Then, give him the second treat you have brought as a reward. Don't give him the food he is learning on.
  • Repeat this game several times a day, just for a few minutes. As your dog starts to understand what "Leave It" means, you may begin to move your hand away just a little bit farther each time.
  • Eventually, you should be able to leave a treat on the table, sit in your chair, and be able to trust that your dog will leave it alone.




Here are some books with a lot of tricks!

trick is in the training

The Trick is in the Training: 25 Fun Tricks to Teach Your Dog, by Stephanie J Taunton, Cheryl S. Smith
From an Amazon.com reader: This is a terrific book, escpecially for beginners. The book is very well illustrated with bright, clear, color photographs. The instruction is easy to follow and fun to read. There is a good variety of tricks in which to teach your dog. It is a very FUN book that makes you want to start training your dog right away! Note: This book is very simply done and should be readable by 4-6 graders.

Dog Tricks for Dummies, by Sarah Hodgson
Written for adults, the all-in-one source for play training made easy! This friendly guide shows you how to teach your dog tricks, from the simple (wagging his tail) to the extraordinary (fetching a soda from the refrigerator). Dogs of all ages can learn new tricks, and this book's step-by-step instructions show you how to train your special friend to perform. Includes special sections on camping, winter fun -- even getting dogs into show business!


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