LOVE that picture!!! Carmel has got lots of self-control!!
Thank you Dogster I will do that and see how we progress.Mary, I would start with something of low value - food. Once he has a good leave it with food, I would move on to treats. The key is to keep it at a s l o w pace, since Ra Kismet is very food motivated.
You can also practice his stays before eating. I found that with Shivon, it also improved her leave it.
Hope this helps!!!!
Ra Kismet has a very good stay, he'll even 'stay' 99% of the time when I walk around to where his soccer ball is 'hidden' (he knows were but cannot reach it). I've had a bit of a problem with food though, at feeding time, ever since Zeus developed Cushings he makes a dive for Ra Kismet's food ball. Will have to work on this, as Ra Kismet did know 'leave it' as a puppy. Ra will not touch our food, though now sadly I cannot totally trust Zeus who was once a very trustworthy dog but that's a symptom of Cushings so not a lot I can do about that.I think it also helps that the stay is good before adding the distraction (food) and it can help to teach the dog that they have to waite before they may eat (this our daily routine from when they are 4/5 months old). I sometimes ask them to focus while they are waiting for their food. I can leave the room and they will patiently waite (because patiently waiting means getting a lot of food in the end).
We even had once when mazzel was younger and staying with someone while we were on vacation, we had forgotten to tell them that mazzel has to waite (no cue is used) before he may eat and he was patiently waiting while they were very confused while he wasn't eating. Than someone said 'ja' (= yes) (not to mazzel but for something else) and he started eating.
She's adding to the trick, smart lassie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Another one off Dazzle her leave it.
Her she was allowed to has the treat before I said leave it. Did it very good, let the treat go immediatly.
I didn't said to her that she had to lay on her side, just leave it.
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These small ones where before she got the leave it! I just found them funny
Though she really can't grapgh the treat well, like rats can, I'm amazed at how well she uses it
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