Teach Your Dog To Leave It And Ignore Distractions – Professional Dog Training Tips

Teach Your Dog To Leave It And Ignore Distractions – Professional Dog Training Tips

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Leave it, Yes. Good boy! Teaching your dog to ignore distractions
is a pretty crucial part of your dog training. And in today’s video, instructor Steve is going to show you a
step by step process to teach you how to train your dog to ignore distractions
on a single command. I’m Ken Steepe. I’m Steve Walsh. Welcome
back to McCann dogs. Yeah. Today we’re going to spend a little
time teaching my seven month old puppy funnel here, how to ignore distractions. Now we’re actually going to make sure
that we teach our dogs how to leave things alone or ignore distractions on a command
because it’s very handy if your dogs out in the real world, they’re wandering off in the other side
of the field and they get interested in the deer running off. Then you can say leave it or whatever
that command is going to be and have them respond right away.
But like anything else, I need to start close to help my dog be
successful before I ever had any of that kind of distance or reliability questions. Now because we’re
starting with the basics, I’m really gonna make sure I helped my
dog be successful by controlling the environment and also controlling the
distraction. If I can take away high body, I know that’s my toy. If I can take away as many of those
things to help him understand how to be successful, his understanding of
the command will improve greatly. Okay. Now you can see he is a puppy.
He’s a busy guy, and that’s okay. I’m going to help them. Now what
I’m gonna use is two things. One, I’m going to use a distraction that I
can control, and in this particular case, it’s a Tupperware container
with some dog food in it, and I’ve just drilled a few holes
in it there so he can smell it, but he can’t actually get to the food. You could use whatever
your dog is interested in. It might be those sticky socks
that are lying around the house. It might be those shoes,
or it might be, again, a piece of food or something that they
really, really take a liking to. Now, not only am I going to control the
distraction that’s gonna attract my dog. I’m also going to try and do everything
I can to make it easier for my dog and take this to a quiet place, maybe a hallway or the
basement where nobody’s around. Find a quiet room that you have a
little bit of space to work. Okay? Now, whatever space you have, make sure that there’s not noise that’s
going on or other things because we really want to allow our dogs get focused
on this thing first so that we can show them how to ignore it. Now,
here’s how I’m going to set this up. I’m going to take this item that I know
my dogs can be pretty interested in and I’m just simply going to
put it on the floor. Okay? Now I don’t care if he sniffs it right
now because I do want his interest. If you’re an August
interested in other things, switch it out for something that’s
a little bit more interesting, interesting to him. Now I’m going to place it on the floor
and I’m simply gonna move a little bit further away. Hit by, come
on back here. Go ahead. I’m going to encourage them to move with
me. Now here’s what needs to happen. I need to have him take notice of what
that distraction is and then I need to give my command. Now the command that I’m
going to use this, leave it and leave. It means look away from what you’re
looking at and check back in with me. It doesn’t mean runaway, it
doesn’t mean anything else. It simply means look back at me. Okay, now I am also gonna use a little food
so that he understands how to respond to that command. Now two things are
really important when I do this. I am not going to go, no, I’m not going to try and go as close as
I can to that distraction because to me it’s not about going as close
as I can to that distraction. It’s about teaching the dog to respond
to the command in spite of that distraction. And that’s a
very different approach. I’m going to work further
away from this thing. So I’m going to get a little
food in this situation. I’m going to put it in my left hand.
Okay. I’m going to tell him. Okay. And I’m going to take a couple
of steps toward that container. The moment his eyes look in the
direction of that container, I’m going to say leave it and then I’m
going immediately gonna put the food in his nose and I’m going to turn him 180
degrees away and praise and reward him as we do. Okay, so real
time, it looks like this. We’re just going to
move a little bit. Okay. He knows I have a little bit of food in
my hand, but it’s not on his nose. Okay. Okay. Bye. Well, I know he also knows I
have a little food in my hands. I’m gonna make this a little harder. Go ahead. [Inaudible]. Yes. Good boy. I heard
Ray. Excellent. Good job. Excellent job, buddy. Good job. So I said leave it. I immediately put the food to his nose
and use the food to turn him away. Now it happened pretty quick with
this dog. He moves quite quickly. But the one thing I want to highlight, and I’m gonna do it again as I’m not
pulling on his leash at this point, I am saying here’s the command
and here’s how to respond to it. So I’m going to try it one
more time. Okay, go ahead. So I’m keeping the food away from
his nose. Leave it. Yes. Good boy. Excellent. Very good. Now I’m going to
try it again. And if all is going well, I’m going to try move a little
closer to the distraction. Okay. Now if I move closer and I say leave
it and my dog is so distracted by that thing that the food doesn’t help
them, you’re just going to be patient. You’re going to put that food in their
nose and just create a little bit of space for the distraction, but resist the urge to pull on them
and walk away with a tight leash. Okay. Again, we’re showing the teaching phase.
We’ll test this in a minute. Leave it. Yes. Good boy. Excellent. Now
try and go a little closer. Oh, he says, I know I’ve got food
there, so leave it. Yes. Goodbye. Excellent job. Good job. Now you
don’t that time he actually went, I’m not sure if I want to look away
from you, but the moment he did, I didn’t wait. His eyes
left me. I said, leave it. Then the food went to his nose. Now even though I had to help him
a little bit more at that time, I still said yes. The moment I got them turned and I
still moved away with some excitement. It’s important that you help your dogs
understand what the job is at that point, which is to turn away and move with you. Now I’ve spent a little time teaching
and final how to leave this particular distraction. And the reason I
say this particular distraction, it’s every distraction is going to be a
little bit different now because I spend a little time teaching them how to
respond with this particular distraction. I feel confident that I can
test him a little bit now. Up until now he’s looked at the
distraction. I’ve said, leave it. I’ve used that food to lure him
away. I’m going to try it again. I’m going to move further back
again. Distances my friend. When it comes to distractions,
the further away I am, the more chance of him being
accessible, successful. When I’m simply going to say leave
it and I guess, see what happens. Now if I say leave it and he turns
and looks at me, I’m going to say yes, I’m gonna move away and
I’m going to really throw a
party and let him know he is absolutely doing the correct thing. Okay?
Now here’s the thing. If he doesn’t, no big deal. I’m going to
repeat leave at one time. My left hand is going to go on the leash
and I’m just going to add some firm pulses on that lation til he actually
does check back in with me and moves away. I’m still gonna say yes and praise
him. Okay? But the next document, the next time I try this out, I might move further away again to see
if I can help him be successful. Okay? Now if I say leave it and he does, by
all means, I’m still gonna throw a party, I’m going to praise him and yes, and
reward. But again, if he doesn’t, I’ll repeat. Leave it one more time.
One more time. Only my left hand. We’ll add some pulses on the leash
at his head level. As I move away. Here’s my little rule of
thumb though. If I have a am, I’m training my dog with something
and they make two mistakes. So let’s say I test him on leave it and
he doesn’t get it the first time and I test him again. He doesn’t get it the
second time. He doesn’t understand it. In this situation, I need to go back
and teach him. So I’ll simply go back, I’ll get some food in my hand and go
and rehearse those initial steps that we talk about of saying leave
it and then lowering and way. So I’m gonna do a little test. He’s done
this a couple of times. Okay, buddy. I don’t have any food in my hand
this time. Okay. The moment, his little eyes leave me. I’m going to
say leave it. We’ll see what happens. Okay, you’re ready? He
said, okay. Leave it. Yes. Skip all ARA. Excellent job God.
So you notice his eyes left me. They went to that
distraction. I said leave it. His little head spun
around and I made a really, really big deal out about it about it. Now you’ll also notice
I’m doing this far away. I’m not walking up there to
set them up to make a mistake. I’m back here helping them to be
correct. Now as he’s more successful, I will move a little closer. Okay. All
right. So no food in my hand again. Leave it. Yeah. Got by. Excellent. I
can, yes. In their ward that. Okay. Now I’m going to see if I can
have him make a mistake. I’m on, I’m not going to force him to make a
steak though. I will tell you that. Okay. I’m going to see if he can make a mistake
and see if he needs a little help. So I’m going to go really
close to this thing. Good boy. Good leave it. Leave it. Good boy. I did catch you that time.
Good job. So I said, leave it. He looked at me, but look right
back in that container, no big deal. I repeated that, leave it, added those pulses on the
leash and I still praised him. I still let him know he
was, he did a great job, but he didn’t necessarily feed that one. I’m going to save my really good rewards
for the things he absolutely gets right, but like anything else, at no
time, I’m not mad at him. He’s learning. It’s my job to help him understand
now that I’ve had to help him, I’m going to try it again. But I tried to get him a little bit
more distance to sort of build on his success. Okay buddy, come on, be
ready. He said leave it. Yeah, good bye. Excellent. Good job. So with a little bit of extra
distance and a little bit of help, he responds beautifully to that leave
and I can make a big deal of that now again, once I’ve practiced this with several
different in several locations and started to add some things, I would take the dog outside and
just let the world distract them. Oftentimes there are so many things
going on outside in the world that we can just let the dog look away and it really
helps me practice my timing of saying leave it and then using that food to lure
away the same things that we practiced right here in this room. I would
practice out in the real world. Now as the dog gets more successful, you can also start to
add more distractions. So let’s say there are dogs
running around and playing. Now, I wouldn’t go right up to those
dogs and expect my dog to leave it, but maybe I can find a spot 50 or a
hundred feet away across the field. Let my dog look at those dogs,
say leave it and turn them away. The more time I spend building that
foundation on. When you hear this command, here’s what to do. The more reliable,
the more reliable it will be. A further down the road. Now of course, leave it as a fantastic command for
things that are out in the world, like dogs and squirrels and bikes
and other things, but leave. It can also be really important
in a fact, a lifesaving command. If there are things around that you
don’t really want your dog to have. There are lots of things on the street
that I want to make sure my dogs don’t take into their mouth. So if my
dog has a strong leave at command, it can really, really be beneficial. So spend some time getting your foundation
and then go out there and apply it in their lives. Other important commanded to teach
your dog is to respond to their name. And if you’re interested in seeing that
video, click that card right there. I want to thank instructor
Steve for joining us today. And if this is your first
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every single week top, you’d have a well behaved for like a
family member. On that note, I’m Ken. I’m Steve, and this is
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9 thoughts on “Teach Your Dog To Leave It And Ignore Distractions – Professional Dog Training Tips”

  1. I hope this video helps you to get more success with your distracted dog. Good timing and consistent expectations really go a long way when it comes to achieving your dog training goals! One key element to having a dog who loves to listen is by being a good leader for them. There are a few simple things that you can do to show your dog that you're worth listening to. Here's a link to a playlist that will teach you how you can be a great leader for your dog: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7BBgLulhermkW925dNPd7QZ2-7Swu3nV
    Happy Training! ~Ken

  2. My female Vizsla doesn't know when it's off duty from hunting and will get so distracted in mountain quail country, she goes deaf on me, 😆 lol

    My male is glued to me like velcro. It's time to try your tactics today with my lil girl thanks a bunch guys!


  3. My Stabyhoun knows how to walk properly on the leash but When we cross people or cats she’ll pull on the leash to get there, she want to catch the cat and want love from people at this moment she won’t listen at all… I will try this 😉

  4. I am loving your videos. This question isn’t really about this particular video but one of the biggest problems we are having is our 14 week old digging in her water. We try to keep it put up (but we really want her to have access to it all the time) and watch her carefully but if she gets the chance she plunges in with both paws and makes a huge mess. How do I stop this or better yet, prevent it?

  5. Enjoyed this video, thank you, Instructor Steve! The puppies from our litter were born yesterday and they will be coming home in 8 weeks. We're finally getting a dog and will be able to put these videos to use! Also, this is totally unrelated but out of concern: Please make sure to wear sunscreen and protect your eyes from sun exposure when you are outside 🙂

  6. Please help. We have a 5 months going on six month old female lab puppy who is very destructive despite her many many toys. I am in high school so when I come home I sometimes have homework to do and I cannot always play with my puppy but I do try to at least two times a day and I also try to walk her twice a day. She has her tantrums where she becomes excited due to either someone running or not being able to get her toy or frustration where she jumps on people and bites them very aggressively and doesn’t seem to stop obviously we try not to shout but when we do she just gets more aggressive. She used to do this every time we came home from my walk after crossing the road and a few days ago while my sister took her on a walk on the way back while my sister was crossing the road she went completely crazy and jumped on my sister and bit her continuously and attacked her and growled and cars had to stop due to this. She does this at home as well after becoming very excited. She pulls on the leash a lot and I try to do dominance training but she only listens when there’s food involved. Today she tore up the door frame and took off the paint. She had various toys laying around and I had played with her beforehand. This is the last straw for my parents and they say that if anything else happens they will get rid of her. I just want her to be well behaved and I tried to exercise her and play with her as much as I can and she still is destructive and she still gets very aggressive at times. Please help us.

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