Teaching a Dog the Leave It Command to Develop Some Impulse Control

By: David Codr

Published Date: November 27, 2019

For this Omaha dog training session we were called in to help Meekah, a 4 year German Shepard; teaching her the leave it command to develop some impulse control.

Meekah is a great dog, but showed poor impulse control; jumping up, invading personal space and getting into the things her human preferred she didn’t like the room mate’s water bottle.

One of the things we worked on was the Leave It exercise. This is a very useful dog command if you have a dog who gets into things it shouldn’t.

By teaching a dog to leave it, we can communicate we want the dog to move away from things before they get into trouble. I also went over how to teach a dog to drop things on command. If you want to train a dog to leave it, you should also teach the drop command. Leave it means don’t take, investigate or pick up something. The drop command is for when the dog has already taken possession of something.

We covered a number of other dog behavior secrets that should help Meekah relax around other dogs and gain confidence in her human’s leadership (by demonstrating it through their actions). We may need to set up a follow up session to do some BAT training or Loose Leash work down the road so hopefully this isn’t the last time we have seen Meekah.

To help the humans remember all the positive dog training tips we covered in this in home Omaha dog training session, we recorded a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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