• Michael D’Abruzzo

    September 19, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Yes, basically comes down to teaching the “leave it” formally. I DO have to put good fottage up on this, but it does follow the same basic principals as everything else. Stitch may know what “leave it” means, but not necessarily that he has to do it, or was taught any formal responsibility behind the command.

    This can be equated with a dog that knows what come means, but will only do it if there is something in it for him, or has nothing better to do.

    A good “leave it” involves all three phases of training, which will teach the dog what it means, how the rules apply to it, and drills which will reinforce that there is no way around it until it becomes a habit.

    I promise this is on the agenda for the vids.