Seven Easy Steps to Teach “Leave It”
Here’s the situation: you’re struggling to open a child-resistant cap from a big bottle of Tylenol. Before you know it, the lid pops off and the bottle shoots through the air, spilling Tylenol all over the floor. Your dog comes running, eager to gobble up the “treats” as quickly as possible, not knowing these treats can kill him. There isn’t any way you can pick them all up before your dog eats some, so what can you do? If you’ve taught your dog the behavior of “leave it,” you simply say those words to your dog and resume picking up the Tylenol off the floor, as your dog sits and watches. No emergency veterinary visit, no forcing your dog to vomit the Tylenol. Sounds good, right? You owe it to your dog (and to your wallet) to teach this behavior. It’s a convenient behavior, as well as a life-saver.
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