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To teach leave it I always start with a toy or treat in my hand. Again have the puppy in front of you. It could be any position, stand, sit or down. I again prefer sit for when they first start learning this. Put the treat in your hand with your hand flat and palm up. The have the treat about a half foot in front of her on your hand. Say (puppy’s name) and leave it. Then count to two. If she doesn’t move then praise and give her the treat or toy. If she does move to take the treat then close your hand around the treat. Then repostition her and try again. Keep this up till she leaves it. Then end the session on her doing it right. Steadily increase the time and the closeness of the object.

Here are some pictures of Sheena and Luca demonstrating the leave it command. First we will start with their ultimate distraction. Nope not food. Tennis Balls. They will literally do almost anything for a tennis ball. So here we go. First we start of with the tennis ball about a foot or so in front of them while they are in a down stay with a leave it command.

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(Thats right. Leave my ball alone!)

At this point Baby did grab the ball and tried to run away with it. Hubby got her though. Luca didn't break his stay though. Good boy. They did get to play with the balls as a reward. OK here is the food distraction. Both Luca and Sheena LOVE cheese. So we decided to use cheese for this exercise. Again we start of with the cheese a little bit in front. Here Luca always starts out with the dieing starving dog routine. He splays himself out and gives you the weakest look imaginable. Could you say Leave it to this look?

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Sheena is paying full attention. She knows what is coming.

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Sheena finally hears the release command and dives right in.

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Then we move it to just in front of their paws.

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(Ahh man!!! Mom!! Here she comes agian!!)

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(I won't look)

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Then we move it to between their paws and under their noses (HEY Mom!! Baby is trying to steal my ba

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(What I don't see can't tempt me.)

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(There is no cheese there. There is no cheese there)

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(Ahh man I looked. When can I have this mom?)