How to Teach the “Leave It” Command

The Leave-it command is utilized to prevent a canine from exhibiting negative conduct so you can divert them into something more positive. The order works for different issues. Probably the most well-known include:

  • Chewing
  • Stealing
  • Barking at individuals
  • Leash biting
  • Eating rocks, sticks, mulch or different items that can cause a blockage
  • Annoying individuals or different creatures

Contextual analysis: Katie

When playing in the yard, Katie got in the ‘down’ position and waited for canines or individuals to pass her. At the point when they strolled before her, she pushed off her rear legs so her body shot toward them like a sling shot. While this conduct was pleasant for Katie, it was upsetting for people and different canines.


Whenever we witnessed her drop to the ground and tail somebody, she was told to “leave it”. At the point when she didn’t follow order, a sound rectification followed. A sound amendment is a frightening clamor that breaks a canine’s core interest. Since she didn’t care for noisy sounds, she immediately diverted herself. Following a week or something like that, the conduct halted. Why? The game was presently not a good diversion for her. The final product of the conduct was not agreeable (instructed to leave it and rectified when she overlooked), nor was it fruitful (thrusting at individuals). She deserted the conduct.


A few instances of a sound correction include: a soft drink can with coins, an air horn, a whistle, and so on.


The acquisition phase of leave it is simply positive. We allude to it as a vocabulary builder for the canine. We need them to comprehend the order. This exercise is ideally suited for showing the canine what we need.


Apparatuses required:

  • Leash
  • Treats
  • Treat pocket or pocket


Objective: You need the canine to leave your hand alone.

To begin with, place a high worth treat in your grasp, let your little guy see it, then, at that point close your hand. Extend your hand toward your canine and leave it still. Your canine will inevitably come up to smell your hand. When advised to ‘leave it’, the canine should move away from your hand and the treats you are holding. That hand (with the treats) is untouchable to the canine. In the event that your canine pulls back from your hand or adverts his eyes from your hand, mark the conduct with a “yes!” and give a treat from the opposite hand. Try not to award from the leave it hand. That hand and the treats inside are untouchable.


In the event that canine remains zeroed in on your hand (keeps on nosing your hand or licks it), say “no!”, then, at that point rehash the order, ‘leave it’. You will rehash these means until the canine pulls away or deflects his eyes from your hand.


A few canines get on within five minutes, while others take a little more to sort out what you need. Show restraint. Forgo pulling hand away, moving the arm or bumping canine in the mouth with your clench hand (grrr – we’ve seen it done). You might need to snap your fingers (on the opposite hand) or make a clamor to divert a relentless canine. Award the canine (with “yes!” and treat) the second he gets some distance from your hand.


When the canine comprehends the activity and upon order, pulls away rapidly or diverts to recover the food from your other hand, it is an ideal opportunity to add another test. The execution of the activity is something very similar, simply change things up with a straightforward hand development.


Challenge 1:  Place one piece of food between your thumb and fingers.


Challenge 2: Place food on the floor and cover with your hand.


Try not to confuse ‘leave it’ with ‘wait’. A few overseers place a piece of food on the floor, tell the canine ‘leave it’, then, at that point discharge the canine from order, permitting the canine to eat that treat. The ‘leave it’ order doesn’t mean leave it, for the present, it implies leave it PERIOD.


There is no compelling reason to utilize a release word with this order on the grounds that the individual or item is thoroughly untouchable to the canine.


Note: when you need your canine to wait for a treat or a supper, use sit-inferred stay. Should you wish to omit the conventional training orders and simply advise the canine to ‘wait’. Utilize the release word when the canine can recover the item.


Significant updates:

Be mindful so as not to pull your hand away from the canine anytime during this activity. The canine should move away from your hand. Here is the reason: A dead rat on the road won’t leave a canine who is showing interest in it. Never reward the canine from the “leave it” hand. Food consistently comes from the opposite hand. The canine should leave your hand to get the prize. You should have persistence. This is shiny new for the canine. It requires some investment for them to sort out what you need.


Additional tips:

Keep reward treats in a pouch or pocket. Try not to hold in your prize hand. The canine will smell the food and naturally move to the prize. We need the canine to gain proficiency with the significance of ‘leave it’.  Increase the worth of the food reward being utilized in the “leave it” exercise to expand ability. Ensure the award is of equivalent worth or better.

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