Training a Great Dane Puppy the Leave It Command

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: June 28, 2018

In this Omaha puppy training session we worked with Loki a four-month-old Great Dane who needed puppy training tips for learning the stay command and the leave it command.

After I arrived I sat down to chat with Loki’s guardian about her main puppy behavior concerns and she told me that she was worried about him picking things up when out for walks. So I taught her an exercise to teach Loki to “leave it.” This will take time to work up to when out for a walk but eventually it will help him leave things when out for a walk and look to his guardian for direction. It will be important that his guardian not allow him to eat the treat off of the floor during this exercise. When he can have the treat pick it up and give it to him so he gets used to leaving things on the floor alone permanently. Yo can see how I accomplished this in the video below:

As you can see in the video Loki picked up on these exercise quite quickly! A great puppy training tip is to use short command words. Remember to pair the command word with the actual behavior when Loki is still in the learning process. You should wait a week or two before saying the command word before the actual behavior, for example don’t say Sit to get him to sit, wait for him to sit and then say sit when he sits down.

By the end of the session Loki was looking to his guardian for direction. To keep up with this good behavior I want to remind his guardian to keep Petting with a Purpose to reward him for his good behavior. We wrapped up this puppy behavior session with Loki’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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