Why I don’t teach or use “leave it.”
- Because it’s doesn’t tell the dog what you DO want him to do. It’s a concept that is frustrating and confusing to dogs.
- Because it can make the “leave it” item seem more valuable.
- Because what will the dog do when you’re not looking? Sneak?
- Because when I train a “drop it” cue, I can teach them to “drop it” in a basket or on a target or in my hand. When I cue “this way” I can use it in agility.
- For all the same reasons we never use a “leave it” cue in agility.
- Because people get grouchy/punitive when they say “leave it” and they typically don’t reward the dog even if he leaves it.
- It they DO reward the dog they are often rewarding a problem behavior chain.(IE: the dog digs at the garbage in order to get a “leave it” cookie from you.)
- Because when the default behavior is “wait for permission” we don’t need to say “leave it.”
- Because when your dog is trained to get reinforcement from YOU, you don’t need to say leave it.
- Cuing “leave it” is a lose/lose game.
Anything I should add to the list?