radios, 12 volt electronics, translators, electrical exam prep, spy gadgets
Bookmark and Share
Amazon Store eBay Store Walmart Store Articles  Brainpower Newsletter Contact Us     Home  Search

Request to be put on our jokelist, one joke daily and a lot of original stuff you won't get anywhere else

Information Connection: Training Your Dog to Leave It

All Pet Articles

Can your dog leave it?

By Sally the Trainer, of
For more tips on helping your dog be his or her best, see

Sally's Angels Training Tip: "Leave" or "Leave it" command

The key to safety for you and your dog is clarity with your commands. The dog is only as good as his/her handler. When training dogs for service, we are clear because the dog's life and the handlers life could depend on it. We don't say "sit" if we mean "down", or "stay" if we mean "wait", you get the drift. The dog follows your lead. If you are not clear, the dog has no clue what you want and can't please you. In service the dog goes everywhere with his/her owner, so the pooch is open to many unforeseen hazards. It's the handler's responsibility to keep the dog safe. An important command to do that is "Leave" or "Leave it."

"Leave it" means nose and/or lips off the object and leave it alone. Sometimes we use it for courtesy, like stopping the dog when sniffing someone's crotch or sticking his nose in a clothes rack at the department store. But most of the time it is for food safety. We don't want the dog to scarf food off restaurant or host's floors, eat scraps of food in public that could be poisonous or harmful, or pick up something in a store to chew or eat (like paper clips etc.), take food off plates or counters, etc. So why not just say "No" or "Don't"? Because we are specific. Leave it is for that specific object they have their nose or mouth on. It doesn't mean they can't eat or sniff, it means they can't eat or sniff that object.

Leave it is easy to teach. But be clear. Use leave it when you are out on a walk and the dog goes after something that could be harmful. Say "Leave it", use a leash correction and say "Good Leave It" when the dog leaves the object alone. Pass by the object two or three times to reinforce. (A good place to practice is a picnic park and parking lot of a fast food restaurant. There are lots of yummies strewn around.)

If you have a problem at home with a dog stealing food or going after unsavory items, leash the dog in the house and do setups. Put food or the object within the dog's reach and walk by it. Say "Leave it", use a leash correction and say "Good Leave It" when the dog leaves the object alone. Pass by the object two or three times to reinforce. Do it daily for awhile as well as when you go on walks . Make "leave it" a well used command. You may need it in a pinch someday such as when your dog has his nose on a poisonous object and you shout "Leave it", you want the dog to leave it. Most of us live in crowded and dangerous cities these days, so protect your dog in all ways that you can.

Have you ever wondered about those seeing eye dogs, police dogs, and the dogs who assist the mobility-challenged? How do their trainers get these dogs to perform with such precision and reliability? Well, we refer to these dogs as service dogs, and you have to agree they are wonderful. At, we recognize them as the angels they are. The "secret" to their training involves two factors: "repeat, repeat, repeat," and consistency. These are two factors you can apply to the training of any dog, to forge a mutually beneficial and happy relationship. Don't give the command if you are not going to enforce it. And use lots and lots of praise--this is the reward dogs most enjoy. You'll find the dog will reward you, too.

Special note on Sally's Angels: is a fun site about and for service dogs.  Service dogs are our passion. Be sure to visit TLCSD, Tender Loving Canine Service dogs, to read about their unique way of training service dogs. And make sure to follow our monthly progress report of a TLCSD dog in training. Service Dogs really do make a difference in people's lives. They truly are angels.

Thanks for the free tips, Sally. Mindconnection is proud to host your article, and we recommend to anyone interested in dogs.
-- Mark Lamendola,

Dog Resources

Dog Items Quick Links

Dog Quotes
  • The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
  • Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
    -Ann Landers
  • If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
    -Will Rogers
  • There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
    -Ben Williams
  • A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
    -Josh Billings
  • The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
    -Andy Rooney
  • We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
    -M. Acklam
  • Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.
    -Sigmund Freud
  • I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
    -Rita Rudner
  • A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
    -Robert Benchley
  • Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
    -Franklin P. Jones
  • If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
    -James Thurber
  • If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.
  • My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.
    -Joe Weinstein
  • Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
    -Anne Tyler
  • Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
    -Robert A. Heinlein
  • If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
    -Mark Twain
  • You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'
    - Dave Barry
  • Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
    -Roger Caras
  • If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
    -Phil Pastoret
  • My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am.
Other Dog Websites

Dog toys
Dog gifts
Assistance Dogs International

Check out this pet resort site:

Articles | Book Reviews | Free eNL | Products

Contact Us | Home

This material, copyright Mindconnection. Don't make all of your communication electronic. Hug somebody!