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Ask a Trainer: How Do I Teach My Dog to Leave Items Alone?

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Welcome to our new, weekly 'Ask a Trainer from the SF SPCA' feature on 7x7.com. They'll help you get your dog or cat into shape and ready for the world. Ask your own questions in the comments!

Q: My dog always seems to get into things he's not supposed to when we are out on a walk. How do I teach her to "leave it"? 

A: Teach your dog "Leave it" in 60 seconds.

·         Start with 2 cookies, one in each hand

·         Say "Leave it," and present a hand with the cookies enclosed in it

·         Allow your dog to sniff, paw, lick at your hand with the cookie A

·         The moment your dog does not try to make contact, reward with cookie B   from you other hand

·         Gradually, make it harder by opening the hand with cookie A

·         If your does does go for the cookie, close your hand and repeat

Watch the video tutorial: