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BEHAVIOR: TEACHING "LEAVE IT"

TEACHING “LEAVE IT’’
■ This technique works best using a head collar and leash.
■ To facilitate learning, start with low value items that the dog will willingly walk
away from.
■ With the dog wearing a head collar and an adult holding the leash, the dog is
walked toward an item he may wish to pick up such as a ball or chew toy.
■ As the dog reaches for the item, calmly say, “leave it” and turn the dog’s head
using the head collar and quickly offer a food reward and “good dog” as the head
comes toward you.
■ Repeat several times with low value items.
■ As the dog learns the meaning of the phrase, he will begin to turn his head prior
to the pull of the leash. Immediately reward that behavior.
■ Progress to more valued items and gradually phase out food rewards while retaining
verbal praise.
■ Once the dog knows the command well, you can try letting him drag the leash
and see if he can be called away from an item with a verbal prompt.
 If the dog does not comply, use the leash to turn his head and reward
him.
 

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