Teach Your Dog Leave It

Teach Your Dog LEAVE IT

Robert Cabral Dog Safety 3 Comments

One of the most important things to teach your dog is what we call YUK, FOOEY or LEAVE IT. This command is at the root of protecting your dog. It’s crucial that your dog lets you make decisions on what he is allowed to touch and what he or she MUST leave! Getting your dog to leave it when you say so can save your dog’s life.

To properly teach a leave it, its best taught to a puppy early on so that it can be taught as a game. We start by setting the dog / puppy up and getting the dog to leave it while wearing a leash or training line. We NEVER want the dog to fail and GET what we are asking them to LEAVE.

In the video below I address teaching our puppy Duane how to Leave It in a very fair way. Duane has not been taught this before, where Goofy and Maya do know the command. I thought it would be best to show you the demonstration with a dog that is actually learning the skill as we go.

Teaching Our Puppy to LEAVE IT

I urge you to spend the time to teach your dog this command. Its no matter how old they are. Its one of the most important commands dogs learn. Eventually they will try to go near or pick something up that could be dangerous for them.

Remember keep training short and fun and watch your dog for cut-off signals especially when training younger dogs or new dogs. Enjoy the dog you got and don’t expect more from the dog than the dog is capable of. You are your dogs only voice and advocate!

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  1. I have been watching just about all your videos and I have just a couple questions. I heard you speak briefly on premium access to more content, if that exists can I get more information. Also I am looking at getting my very own mal in 6 months to a year from now. Watching your videos I know a few of the training items I’d like to get prior to bringing my little guy home i.e. tug, roped ball, platform, crate(obviously) leash, collar, and long line. My question is: is there any other tools/items that you suggest getting for initial training purposes or items that are just very useful over all. I plan on leaning towards more sport/obedience training with enough protection training so if an unfortunate situation should happen me and my mal would be prepared. Thank you so much for all the awesome info you have put out there for the general public to learn how amazing and rewarding these breeds can be!

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  2. We found a litter of 3 labs and 2 female black german shepherds (western working line? but they look like Malinois?) They are about 14 weeks old and they were abandoned on the side of the road with very cold temperatures and in the rain and snow. We brought all the puppies home and in the same day, we found homes for the 3 labs. The next day, we brought the two females (we call them May and Mercury) to the vet for a check. Needless to say, Mercury tested positive for Parvo. My heart sunk. We called the other owners of the labs to also be tested and they were negative. They day we brought them home, all the pups were hungry and the labs dominated the food dish and water. We separated the girls so they could eat, but they became food aggressive. Over the next week while trying to make them healthy, I hand fed them 3 times a day. We also got them their own crates (36′) that they use when we are at work, and sleep in a large 42′ in our bedroom together as pups.
    We have a 4 year old pure male Golden Retriever, 2 year old female Husky\Malamute, and a 2 year old male pit\lab mix. Within the duration of the 1st week, our 2 year old pit contracted the Parvo. We had to have in the hospital for the weekend to have antibiotics, food, and fluids and have recovered. It’s been at least 2 weeks and our retriever and husky has never shown signs of illness. Mercury and May from day one always ate each others poop. Using the ‘leave it’ comment helps, but I haven’t shaped that yet because I also want to use that command for when they eat the small rocks in our backyard. Last year we removed all the grass and replaced with a 10×10 concrete slab, 10×10 area of artificial grass, and a 10×20 area of artificial grass area. The rest is covered with at least 4 inches of pea gravel. It made it easier to clean regarding the parvo with bleach, but the puppies eats the rocks.
    My assumption is that it maybe due to still being hungry. We feed them in the morning and at evening. It’s always the same time every morning and the same time every evening. We don’t feed them at mid day because my wife and I both work. I do have the ability to leave work mid morning to let the puppies and the dogs potty and again when I get home. What are your thoughts on why they keep eating the rocks like it’s gibbles of dog food? Can this be shaped through the ‘leave it’ command? With lots of rewards, I imagine it can and also taking them out potty one at a time on a long leash would help.

    Any feedback would help.

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