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Teaching
"Leave it"

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"Leave It" is one of the most important things you can teach your dog.
It could save your dog from eating something that could hurt him.

"Leave It" means don't touch.

With a command like "Leave It" , it is best to plan your teaching session.
This means that you decide when you are going to teach it to your dog.

 

Follow the instructions below, and then watch the video, "Leave it".

• 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.

 

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Be careful not to tease your dog with this lesson. Always have that second treat ready to give him as a reward. And of course, the best reward is your love and praise!

 

Beagle holding a pumpkin!
Dogs love to put things in their mouths. But there are lots of things that dogs just shouldn't touch with their noses or their mouths. You can tell your dog not to touch food, plants, or any other item you don't want them to touch. You can even use "Leave it" to tell your dog not to sniff another person or dog.

"Leave it" is a good thing to say when your dog has a fascination with something wonderful, but something that he just shouldn't touch or put in his mouth.

Golden retriever checking out a baby chick.
Doberman holding a brush in his mouth. Some dogs think it is their job to carry anything they want in their mouths. You must teach them that this is not a good idea!

There are some things that your dog should not get into. Some plants are poisonous and other things are just not for dogs. Telling your dog, "Leave it" will give him the information that he needs to stay safe. 

Puppy hold a flower.

 

Dachshund getting into bag of chips. Ideally, when you say '"Leave it", your dog should back off and look to you for instructions on what to do next. Leave it!Dachshund looking up after trying to get into chips.Ok, what can I touch?

 

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Chocolate is very bad for dogs because it can effect their heart and nervous system. Here's a good opportunity to say, "Leave it!".

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Lie Down
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Leave It
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Move, Please
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