Does your dog have a hard time leaving alone things like food, trash, or other off-limits items?
If so, keep reading to learn a fun game that teaches your dog a rock solid “leave it” cue!
We live in a world where our dogs just cannot go around interacting with or eating everything they come across - for their own safety, and for the safety of everyone else. But instead of waiting to “teach” your dog this lesson by just shouting "NO!" at them when they start to devour the cookies on the coffee table….Try this instead:
LEVEL 1: You’ll need some food or treats in a bowl, and some food of equal “value” to your dog in a pocket or treat pouch. The food should be something your dog is interested in, but not absolutely crazy for.
LEVEL 2: You’ll need a bowl of higher value food, like chicken or cheese, and a treat pouch of equal value food.
LEVEL 3: Now it’s time to practice in some “real life” contexts! Think about the scenarios in which you would like your dog to be able to leave something alone. For example:
Keep practicing, keep reinforcing those behaviors that you like, and as always, keep having fun with your pup.