Last week's training tip explained why teaching "Leave-it" is a really bad idea. Here's a review of the 3 reasons not to teach it:
Can I assume that you don't want to crush your dog's confidence, make him anxious, or undermine trust?
On the other hand, I know you do want to keep your dog safe from things that are dangerous or unpleasant. Our beloved dogs are curious scavengers and predators by nature. What is disgusting to us is often a delicacy to them! That might be why saying leave-it has become so common!
So if it's a bad idea to say "Leave-it" and yank on the leash, what should you do instead?
Fortunately, the answer is not a simple, quick fix. That's right, I said ...