The Leave It Command

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The Leave it Command


  1. 1.      Start by putting a treat in one of your hands.
  2. 2.      Show your dog the treat in your hand don’t let him get it.
  3. 3.      In front of your dog, close your hand that has the treat and make a fist.
  4. 4.      Present your fist to your dog to sniff.
  5. 5.      If your dog sniffs and nudges your hand ignore him.
  6. 6.      When he stops sniffing and moves his head away from your hand say yes and open your hand so he can eat his reward.
  7. 7.      Repeat this 5 times
  8. 8.      Once your dog is reliably doing step 6 you are now ready to add the leave it cue before he moves away.
  9. 9.      Repeat this 5 times.
  10. 10.  If your dog is doing this 5 out 5 you can move to the next step.
  11. 11.  Put a treat on the floor.
  12. 12.  Make sure your dog knows it is there.
  13. 13.  Stand close to the treat, with your foot ready to cover if your dog decides to retrieve the treat.
  14. 14.  If your dog moves towards the treat, cover it with your foot.
  15. 15.  If your dog moves away from the treat reward him with a treat from your hand.
  16. 16.  Do not let  your dog have the treat from the floor.
  17. 17.  Repeat this 5 times.
  18. 18.  Once he has completed this 5 out 5.
  19. 19.  You are now ready to add the leave it cue.
  20. 20.  Work in different environments with different items, ball, toys, sticks.
  21. 21.  To make it more fun put more treats on the floor, walk your dog around them telling him to leave it.  You can have your dog in sit/stays, down/stays with his treats in front of him and tell him to leave it.  Remember reward from your hand.


Attention Game

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Eye Contact/Attention Game


  • The look at me or Watch me cue.


  1. 1.      First let’s start with your dog just looking at you.  Say “yes” and reward with a treat.
  2. 2.      Watch for any looks your way from your dog again say “yes” and reward!
  3. 3.      As your dog continues to make eye contact with you say “yes” and reward introduce your verbal cue Look at me or Watch me. 
  4. 4.      Say look at me or Watch me and reward!!


  • Luring Eye Contact
  1. 1.      Show your dog a treat by putting the treat in front of his nose.
  2. 2.      Slowly raise the treat to your eyes. Say your cue Look at me or Watch me.
  3. 3.      As your dog looks up at you say “yes” and reward!
  4. 4.      Continue this as your dog gets better, increase the time he looks at you, in the beginning start with 1 second and build from there.
  5. 5.      Once he can do this in one room, move to another room, to the garage, back yard, front yard so he can do this everywhere.

Name Game

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Name Recognition  The Name Game


Teaching your dog to recognize his name, he gives you his attention whenever you call his name, regardless of environment and circumstances.


  1. 1.      Say your dog’s name,  Yes and treat your dog.  You do not need to ask for a specific behavior.
  2. 2.      Repeat this 5 times
  3. 3.      Repeat your dog’s name in different rooms of your house, and environments.
  4. 4.      Refrain from using your dog’s name in casual conversations


Always reinforce your dog for looking at you voluntarily, and especially when you say his name.



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