"Leave It" This is my very favorite command. Once a dog understands, you can tell him to "leave it" when he is going to pick trash up off the ground, when he is going to run up and greet a person or dog he shouldn't, when he is about to get on a piece of furniture you don't want him on, when he is bugging you while you are sitting in front of the television eating pizza. It also teaches a puppy not to chew on your hands (see "mouthing") and teaches a food-aggressive dog how to take treats gently (see "food aggression").
First, you are going to teach him to "take it". After he's good at that, you will teach him to "leave it".
By working through these steps, he will learn the words Leave It, and what it means.
(Thank you to Karen Clouston for the clear directions on teaching "leave it")
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