Today we taught Bailey how to wait patiently at the door, to drop things out of her mouth, and to leave things alone. When she gets things like dish towels it becomes a "catch me if you can" game (a form of resource guarding), but by teaching her how to Drop It she actually brought the towel to me to exchange for a piece of food! We then taught her Leave It so she doesn't steal them in the first place.
Today we taught Evie how to walk without pulling. She gets very distracted by the environment, but by using a high rate of reinforcement we kept her focus on us which resulted in a nice walk for the first time.
Today we taught Luna how to Leave It. We even practiced with her favorite thing to steal: socks! We then took her for a short walk to help desensitize her to the environment and we used the Leave It cue when she tried to pick up things like mulch and it worked very well.
Nellie did so well learning how to Leave It. Not only did she excel with the food we were using, but by the end of our session she was able to walk away from the cats and their cat food when we asked her to Leave It!
Today we taught King how to Drop It and Leave It. When I first dropped a piece of food on the floor he rushed over and ate it. By the end of our session when I dropped a piece of food on the floor he would immediately look up at me to see what to do next. Awesome job, King!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI