Quick & Dirty Dog Training Tips: LEAVE IT!

Dog Leave It Command

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Having a dog may often feel like being a parent. There are many similarities from the pride you feel in your pet to the caring concern you have for them.

​One major similarity is having to watch what they put in their mouth. Like toddlers, dogs tend to try to eat and put things in their mouth that are not edible and may even be poisonous.

​The leave it command allows you to protect your dog from harm, especially at a distance where you may be unable to get to them in time.

How to Train Your Dog to LEAVE IT!

When training the leave it command, you must be very patient with your pet. If you aren’t careful, you may cause your dog more frustration than good.

​Here are some steps to help you train your dog the leave it command.

  • When beginning to train your pet, be sure that you start your training in a quiet place with few distractions.
  • Get your dog into the sitting position. Holding your palm out, show your dog a treat.
  • When he notices it, turn your palm over and give the command "LEAVE IT!" Your dog will try to get it out of your hand. Let them try until they stop.
  • When your dog finally gets bored and stops trying to get at the treat, give them praise and, yes, the treat!
  • Repeat the process until your dog stops trying to get into your hands when you say "Leave it".

Advanced Dog Training in LEAVE IT!

Ideally, your dog should now be leaving the treats alone and giving you eye contact when you say the magic words.

Of course, out in the world, the idea is for the command to stop your dog from eating something on the ground.

Once they've mastered this first part, move on to placing treats on the ground.

Walk your dog into the room, and if they go for the treat, give the command.

Repeat until it works. You may need to cover the treat with your foot at first to stop them from getting at it.

As always, be sure to treat and praise your dog for successfully, well, leaving it alone.

It may take some time for this command to set in. Don't lose patience, and it's OK to go back to holding the treat in your hand if you feel your dog needs extra reinforcement.


Dogs may be animals, but they are a part of our lives and our families.

You should treat your pet like you would a child, giving them the love and respect they deserve.

If they ever do not listen to a given command, ​you should not yell at them or hit them.

A firm "No!" or other gentle correction is sufficient to give your dog the message.

Always give your dog time to relax between training sessions, and return to an earlier step if they are having trouble with the current one.

Patience and love are the keys to successful training.​

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