The “Leave It” dog obedience training command is a very useful behavior to teach your puppy or older dog. You’ll be surprised how often you find yourself calling on this command.
The “Leave It” command is great in many day to day situations. If you are out on a walk and your dog fancies eating some dog poop (coprophagia) off the grass or if you catch him in the process of snatching a cookie off the coffee table the “Leave It” command is perfect.
You can begin to teach the “Leave It” command at any time – it’s just as necessary as the other basic obedience training commands such as sit, down, come, stay etc….
If you decide to visit a dog park, it is important to be able to read the body language of your dog and the other dogs present. The ideal body language is playful, but dogs will exhibit a variety of behaviors as they contact new dogs and spend more time at the park. Overall you are looking for balanced play between dogs – sometimes one is on top and next time he’s on the bottom. Sometimes he’s the chaser, and next he will be the chased.
It’s always wise to leave the park if your pet shows signs of tiredness, stress or fear or if there are dogs present who seem threatening.
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