‘Leave it’ from dogs and people

How to train your dog to leave it from dogs and people.

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This video shows how you can use a leave it trained without the use of physical or psychological intimidation for dogs who are reactive to people or other dogs.

21 Comments on “‘Leave it’ from dogs and people”

  1. Another very informative video!! Thanks. I have a request. Please share tips on how to condition a dog that is afraid of humans. I do have some success by training them to be calm, starting with the distance and then adding criteria and build on. However, if you can, I request you to kindly make a video with this as the focus. Thank you very much.

  2. wow! this is fantastic, i’ve worked on “leave-it” but never broken down applying it to other things besides food, quite this way, simple and brilliant!… i see a few other videos listed from you that may apply to reactivity. we’ve worked on responding the leash pressure and look at that game, but i think that this might be the last piece in our puzzle. any other videos you have that might apply to a dog who is over-aroused by other dogs and not fearful (you have a lot of videos!) THANK YOU!

  3. I look forward to your DVD when it is finished. 😀 I have anxiety and social phobia problems which I believe worsens the aggression in two of my three dogs (my eldest had thyroid problems – since getting treated he is no longer willing to start fights). I find your relaxed approach to training very helpful as when I am relaxed – they are more tolerant of other dogs and more willing to listen to me!

  4. This is the absolute BEST way to work with dogs if they have reactivity issues. It is truly amazing how fast you see a dog reacting positively (mentally and physically) when using this.

    Thanks for posting such a great video! This will be shared 😀

  5. I can’t wait to see the DVD!!!! Hopefully I can get it, in the meantime, I will be working on “leave it” with my OVERLY friendly Aussie!! Thanks so much Emily!

  6. My dog also did this study Glass half empty” attitude in dogs
    to shows that dogs may exhibit pessimistic behaviour similar to humans, having the attitude that the ‘food bowl is half empty’. Measuring the emotional state of a dog is not an easy task; scientists have used human psychology research to claim results showing that dogs can be ‘optimists’ or ‘pessimists’.

  7. I would love it if you could make a video on separation anxiety.. My rescue dog, Isa, was abused as a puppy and she is afraid of everything but me, which makes her kind of hard to train in the first place, bur we take baby steps and she now walks perfectly on leash, comes when called and knows sit on verbal cue and hand signal. The biggest issue right now is not her fear of dogs or other people, but her fear that I (too) will leave her….

  8. ..continued.. Now we are trying to work the method you use in the home alone training video, but she is just so so scared of being left alone and it is really hard. So we would love it if you could make a video that adresses separation anxiety spesifically 🙂

  9. Great video… I am a huge fan…. I would love to see a really dog/animal aggressive dog overcome this issue with totally positive training… I appreciate the totally positive method and especially the way you explain it. I am trying to change my methods which include negative reinforcement to all positive…. but I am having a hard time with this issue with a truly animal agressive dog… my point of contention is when you do not have food and another dog is being agressive …etc.

  10. You can practice settles together- settles on a mat further apart then closer. Kiko my chi never really liked the other dogs being near her until I started working on her settling nearer to them during training sessions, now they all lie in a big pile together. Chilling together is a nice behavior for dogs who dont want to play or interact in other ways.

  11. “let’s go” means “I am turning another direction” – its a way to cut off behavior you don’t like. “Leave it” means “don’t interact with that thing”. The leave it is first trained by reinforcing a dog for backing away from something. (but always something the dog feels comfortable with). The idea is that you can be around the thing and your dog leaves it alone- say a dog comes to your house, you can tell your dog leave it so he doesnt interact with the dog that needs space and keeps a distance

  12. He also found out about the opposition reflex… 🙂 Actually he was cruel to dogs- the dogs were strapped so they couldn’t move and they didn’t even get fed, the test bell rang and a meat powder was inserted in their mouthes… 🙁 So much of what we know about behavior has a disgusting past.

  13. now she is a star, and when a dog starts to find people and other dogs reinforcing in themselves you don’t need to work with them anymore 🙂 She is a lovely lovely dog. Every single dog in the video is a reactive dog in training or rehabbed. 🙂

  14. Great video! We share our home with Polo, a rescue staffie who used to be great with other dogs in her previous home. She’s always been a “worrier”, and we work on calming, but after 3 offlead labs greeted her by jumping on her and scaring her, she became reactive with other dogs. I don’t think it helps that I have become disabled since adopting her either. I really need to step up her loose lead work as I have to use a rolling walker or crutches and that’s hard with a pulling dog! xx

  15. Hi EDog I have an aggressive dog and was initially advised to use more stick and carrot’ methods ie lead jerks and telling him off and couldn’t understand why the poor little fellow was getting worse. I changed over to distraction, calming and using Jean Donaldson’s Bar Open Bar Closed to build up a CER which all helped but am now using Behavioural Adjustment Treatment and really turning him around. All these are purely positive

  16. I absolutely love this! Some trainers would have corrected the dog each time they tried to go for the other dog. Would this same technique work for aggressive dogs?

    1. ***** Hey there! Have you tried – Carkerakita Hound Master (do a google search)? Ive heard some amazing things about it from my father who got excellent obedience achievements with their dog.

  17. This is amazing I was watching other channels and I started feeling frustrated cause they have 4 month old puppies walking nicely but using prong collars and E collars and I really don’t feel good about using those with my puppy cause even if they work somehow, I’m thinking much more about the emotional response of my pup and I want him to feel happy about doing things with me so I realized that loose leash walking is much more than just that and things like leave it help a lot, we are not perfect and I know it’ll take much more time that using a quick fix like one of those tools to punish a dog but I rather take the long path and make everything a positive experience. I really can’t thank you enough for this videos and your work, I’m from Mexico and where I live the majority of trainers and people in general believe that the dog should be punished, I remember taking my dog to a local petstore last week and I let my dog sniff and a lady told me that it was time to buy a prog collar cause he’s supposed to walk just looking at me the whole time…. but that comment made me confirm that I love my dog and I wouldn’t do it that way, I’m more than happy to let him sniff cause that’s how he explores and learns about the world and he’s only 8 months ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I wish people learned that punishment is not the only way to train a dog

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