Monday is gone and past.
Now that Tuesday is upon us, it is time to get the brain workin!
Today I have some bullet proof reasons why teaching the "leave it" command is beneficial.
This is a pretty common command, however not a lot of people use it.
Teaching "Leave it" early on, was the best decision I could have made.
I do not focus a lot on highly skilled tricks such as opening doors, bringing me the newspapaer and other things like that. (Although I suppose it would be pretty cool!)
If you follow my blog, you know that huskies are super stubborn as it is, therefor making training a step up for me. I have to make sure what I am trying to teach my huskies will be fun for them, and rewarding. Otherwise, they will turn their nose up at me, and simply go lay down on the job!
So why is the leave it command important?
Ever go on a walk with your beloved dog(s) and there happens to be something absolutely disgusting on the sidewalk? But before you have a chance to react, your dog has already picked it up in his mouth and began eating it!
Obviously as a rule here, we should always keep our eyes open to what is on the ground, BUT using the leave it command here really works!
How bout this one.
On your walk you come across a big smelly pile of doggy poop!
Your dogs first reaction?
To head over and sniff it of course!
We all know that dog poop can carry some pretty dangerous parasites etc...
Using your leave it command comes in handy!
Have cats and dogs together?
We do! Three huskies and three kitties.
Leave it has really came in handy here.
When we adopted Mika, she had already spent her life with kitties, so she was not an issue. However, Lexus and Koda are another story.
My cats and huskies play well with each other, but there are times when the pups want to play and are obviously disturbing the kitties chillaxin time. Leave it works well here.
Maybe you have kids as well as dogs?
Let me lay it out for you.
Your little one asks for a cookie. You hand it to her, and she continues to walk through the house with her cookie. You have three Siberian huskies following her around.
No mistake, 9 times out 10 when my little one is eating a snack, the dogs are kept in the kitchen and she in the living room. HOWEVER, I am human, and there have been times I have not been so quick to remove the dogs. So your dogs are following the child around, and are about to thieve the cookie out of her hand. What do you do? "Leave it!"
Last one. Your preparing dinner.
Again, three huskies eyes are all burning a hole in the back of your head staring at you so intently, just waiting for you to drop something. You turn to go to the fridge, and as you look over your shoulder, one of your huskies ( ahem, Koda) attempts to counter surf and steal your food.
What do you do?
There are a LOADS more reasons to teach this to your dogs, but those are the five that I use most often.
How to teach "leave it"
Firstly, be sure that you attempt this on a "tired" dog. For example, after a walk.
Get a handful of small bite size treats.
Put one on the floor a few feet away from your dog.
The first few times, you will have to block your dog from getting the treat, as they do not have a clue what you are asking.
Now as you are blocking your dog say "leave it"
Once they settle a little bit, you can say "ok go get it" And let them go. Repeat this process until you leave it on the floor and they do not try and run for the treat after you use your command.
You may even have to mix in other words with your new command, such as "leave it, no, sit!"
This way, your dog will associate the "leave it" with "sit"
To make it easier, I sit on the floor and cover the treat with one hand and let them sniff my hand a bit, then I say "leave it" and a sit command, and I do not move my hand until they back off.
If you continue this every day, and keep your training sessions short, sweet, and fun, your dog will pick up the new command in no time!
Once they know the command well, they will sit pretty until you ask them otherwise.
. . . . well, most of the time!
Do your dogs know the leave it command?
Did you have trouble teaching it?
Before you go, we have decided to join up with the Tuesday tails hop this week. Since we have been teaming up with husky rescues across the world, I would like to share some adoptable pups with you on a weekly basis.
Tuesday Tails is hosted by Dogs 'n' Pawz and Talking Dogs.
Find a shelter dog in need of a home and link up.
A beautiful 7 year old female Siberian husky, with lots of life left in her.
She is currently in foster care through Tails of the Tundra Husky rescue in New York.
Bengal is being loved and cared for as if she were their own, however she anxiously awaits her new humans to come and give her a home. For more info on her, visit Tails of the Tundra
She is a beautiful 6 year old female Siberian husky.
Skylark has been working on some issues with food and toy possession.
However, she is very loving and affectionate, always wanting attention from her foster humans.
She walks well on a leash and is being treated for a couple of medical issues.
She is also housed at a Tails of the Tundra husky foster program.
For more info click HERE.
If you would like to adopt a husky and are wondering if they are the right breed for you, please visit my page "are huskies for you?"
Thanks everyone and enjoy the rest of your day!