Train Your Dog to Leave It - Jim Burwell’s Petiquette

The Leave It Command

Today, I’m going to teach you how to teach the Leave It Command and why It’s important

Hey folks, I’m Jim Burwell. As you saw in this video, little Annie is walking through a virtual landmine field of acorns.  She’s like a kid in a candy store thinking, “Where do I start?”

Teaching the “Leave It” command  can be a very useful tool.

Some dog owners use the words, “drop” or “no off”.  They all can be used.  It’s always best to pick ONE word or phrase that to your dog always means: Leave It

Now, of course the Leave It Command is not only for acorns.

You could also use it for:

  • Leaving the kid toys alone
  • Not grabbing your linen towels on your oven handle in the kitchen.
  • An important one is gutter trash.   Stuff you don’t want your dog to get into when a on a walk with you.

To fix this with dog training, as usual, always takes lots of practice.

Here Are The Steps To Teach “Leave It”

First on a leash in your home with few to no distractions to make sure you’re both successful.

As you can see in the video, little Annie is beginning her first week at training in her home.

We put the acorns on a towel and we’re doing all our training inside first on leash.

At the beginning of her second week of training she is now responding to the leave it command

She turns to her mom,  gets praised and treated, after that she gets redirected to a “legal” chew toy

Make A List of the “Not To Touch” Objects

This should be a list of all the things your dog likes but you know are off limits and illegal and Use Leave It

Begin your work on leash, in your home, before moving forward to training outside.  This gives you even more practical use  of the leave it command.

Your one-by-one steps to the “Leave it!” command.

  1. Put the forbidden item on the floor and approach with your dog on leash but keep a distance away
  2. As soon as your dog turns away out of frustration, say “Good!” and have your dog come to you for the treat.
  3. Rinse and repeat.
  4. When you can anticipate your dog is going to turn away, add the “Leave it!” command just before your dog turns away.   He will begin to pair the command word with the action of turning away from the forbidden item.
  5. Once your dog is listening to “Leave it!”, immediately praise and treat and then redirect to a legal and motivational toy.

Alway look for the WHY behind your dog’s behavior

Now, leaving things alone he is not supposed to have,  is not the only dog behavior problem that’s plaguing dog owners.

There’s jumping, there’s chewing on stuff, there’s attention barking, just to name a few.

No matter what the dog behavior problem is that you’re facing, the key is to find out the root cause of the problem.  That’s pretty easy to do if you follow some practical steps.

In other words, what’s bugging or stressing your dog out?