Pet Training: No, You Leave It
Welcome to the second Positive Pet Training Blog Hop hosted by Cascadian Nomads, Dachshund Nola, and Tenacious Little Terrier.
It’s rare a walk goes by without my saying “leave it” at least once. It’s a multi-purpose word for us. I use it to tell Mr. N (and Onyxx) to stop sniffing other dogs’ poop, ignore food on the ground and dead animals. As well as ignoring people.
It’s especially important in the case of food because the dogs both find so many things that could make them sick.
So far Mr. N has found:
- Chicken bones multiple times
- Part of a chocolate donut with sprinkles
- A strip of bacon (who throws bacon away?)
- And other things that don’t come to mind right now.
Onyxx has found:
- A corn husk
- Chicken bones
- Some kind of white sauce
- Pastry crumbs
I teach “leave it” by putting a low-value treat on the ground and rewarding for ignoring it with something high-value like liver. I think what also helps is that they have to wait for permission to eat so they learn self-control around food.
Both dogs are pretty proficient at “leave it” now. It was probably one of the hardest things to teach Onyxx because his little Chihuahua brain could not comprehend the concept of leaving perfectly good food alone.
They can both do the balance food on your paws and nose without eating it trick. Which is fun but “leave it” can also be a life-saving command if your dogs are prone to finding weird things like the pups.
What do you tell your dogs to “leave it?”