How to Teach ANY Dog to Leave something alone

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While externally this video has to do with how to instruct your canine to leave something alone, just what I actually believe is very important is that this is among the first exercises you could do to build communication with your dog.

One of the fastest methods to show your dog the difference between "Yes" as well as "No" is to educate them to leave something alone. Not to mention the prettiest corgi puppy you have ever before seen in your life remains in this video!

32 Comments on “How to Teach ANY Dog to Leave something alone”

  1. You don’t NEED the clicker, I find it helpful for a person to have a “button” in their hand to press in order to teach the person to have great timing. But you can say “Yes”, also:)

  2. Not that I have an aggressive dog, but I would love to see how you deal with the different types of aggression, fr

  3. Hello 🙂 I am in the process of watching all your videos because I am getting a puppy in December (Sheltie, 8 weeks old). I have a question though. Do I have to have a training session everyday with my puppy to teach her things like not to jump, leave things that I drop, not bark etc. or can I do it in day to day life when the situation presents itself? What I mean by that is can I just give her treats when I come home everyday for staying on the ground instead of jumping and then later that day just randomly drop stuff (for example when cooking) and teach her leave it? I’ve heard that small puppies get stuff a lot quicker and are able to learn a lot of stuff at once without getting confused (like babies learns to walk, talk, understand human language etc. silmuntaneously) but I am not sure this is true. If I need to do training sessions how long should they be at what is the best time of the day? Early in the morning? Late afternoon?
    Thank you in advance!

  4. I coincidentally taught my 6 month old Border Collie, Baxter, to “leave it” today! It took me about 5 minutes and I was able to put it on his paw and he didn’t touch it for about 30 seconds! I was very proud of him!

    1. Thank you for this, I’m so proud of my dog and myself, my dog did this following theses instructions, again thank you… i will start doing the clean your paws next! Warm greetings. Here is the official link: Dog4Training.blogspot.com

  5. I taught this to my dog using Kikopup’s tutorial (see my channel to see Rosie in action). The ONE thing I would change is give your dog a separate reward from what they are leaving. My bait was potato chips or hot dog pieces and Rosie got really tasty dog treats for listening, so she knew that by being patient she would get a different reward. In the real world you doesn’t want your dog to steal your sandwich. This method could teach your dog “If I wait, they will hand me the sandwich I want”. Just a nit pick and I’m sure no one will traumatize their dog by using Zak’s Method

    1. This is personal preference. Both are fine. Bottom line with this exercise is that we are teaching our dogs to understand: “I know you want that thing, and maybe I’ll give it to or maybe I won’t, but either way I want you to listen to me”. Good comments Lindsay.

    2. Thanks for the response Zak. As you said, either way works fine as long as they learn impulse control and patience. It’s a great safety skill to have. Rosie came to work with me in a group home and found something on the floor. I gave the Leave It command and investigated. It was a behavior med that calms down agitated/aggressive humans by making them sleepy. If she had taken it, it would have knocked her out for the day! 

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  6. I began training my golden retriever puppy at 8 weeks old and had no training….. 2 weeks later he knew sit, lay, up, roll over, leave it, spin to the right, spin to the left, back away, potty trained, house broken, high five, other paw, both paws, and I’m only 13 I swear I think i’m the next dog whisperer lol and this was all at home no personal trainer at all

  7. Hi Zak. Thanks for all your work and sharing. Admirable Passion that shines right through! I am gearing up to adopt a Weimaraner (against many people’s advice). I am quite high energy myself but am not a hunter. I live in Switzerland and lots of breeders here shun me when they find that out. Their reasoning: Weims are hunters, that’s it. I’ve found a breeder in France and fingers crossed, may get a pup to be born in Nov 2014.  I find reassurance in your videos with regards to my “pup style”: empathy and respect towards pups, bonding with them for cooperation, if I have understood correctly. Plus lots of Fetch for high energy dogs, love that, as well as wanting to teach pup “hide and seek” (and much more!) since Weims have awesome noses. Rescue Pup?! I hope and think I will make a good Weim Mama! Question: Sometimes you click and sometimes you don’t, either way, I admire your results. Why click or why not, how do you distinguish? I have experienced positive things with Clicking with (don’t laugh!) my 18 month old Norwegian Forest Cat, Ike (Come, Get down, Leave it, Cat Style…. people say Cats don’t listen… my experience is different, Ike is so smart – and lovely 😉 This said, since watching your videos, I find myself making more eye contact with Ike The Cat, getting great cooperation from him…  and I wonder… why click? Thanks for sharing your passion! Lauren

  8. Dear Zak, thank you so so much for your videos. I have a 6 month old pup. He is black and white his name is patch. I think he is a staffy mix. I would just like to tell you that you and your videos and crew are amazing. Its really great that your so good with dogs and that dogs are good with you. Me and patch have worked together and with the help of your tips and videos we have progressed brilliantly. Thank you!

  9. My dog is very good at this. I used an open/closed palm method. I hold a treat in my open palm and say “no” to start with. Then I didn’t move the open hand away. He tried to go for it and the hand closed and I said “no”. He tried to lick my hand and I removed the hand entirely. And I just continue, without getting angry, for as long as he needed. Almost immediately he understood that if he waits and I say “there you go” the palm won’t shut. I don’t know if it’s the best method, but he sure learned quickly.

  10. Thank you so much for all these great videos. I am amazed at how easily and effectively these techniques are working for our puppy. He really loves chicken for treats so leave it taking a bit longer than sit but he is definitely getting it.

    1. +Jill Iovino There’s no problem with starting with something like kibble or “less good” dog treats. Keep it up!

    2. Thank you for this, I’m so proud of my dog and myself, my dog did this following theses instructions, again thank you… i will start doing the clean your paws next! Warm greetings. Here is the official link: DogTrainingCourse5.blogspot.com >>>

  11. Is it weird that I get so overjoyed, that I feel like crying? Seeing these dogs being taught good behaviour not only so quickly, but also so peacefully. I’m a big proponent of peaceful parenting, and it makes me so happy to see this extending to our fur babies as well. Communication, genuineness, patience. It’s so beautiful. Thank you so much for this, Zak George.

  12. I started watching your videos early this morning when I found myself unable to sleep. In just 1 day, my dog Piper has completely transformed. She’s only 5 months old, and all my previous attempts to train her in any capacity have failed because I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. It’s 5pm here… we started with Sit, Watch Me, and Leave It at noon today, and she’s mastered them. I’m floored at how easy you have made this for me.

  13. Your videos are awesome! I have been watching them since I first got my chocolate lab puppy – he is 7 months now and so AWESOME! I’ve used your techniques from the beginning to train him in a loving, patient way… and it has so paid off! Thank you so much!

  14. I really like this style of video best because I get to see the training process on different dogs all at once. It helps because I’m prepared for multiple reactions from my dogs

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