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Universal Commands - Leave

The "Leave" command. Covers a few things that can save teaching additional commands.

Leave can have a variety of meanings all of which could have another individual command but for the sake of the dog and yourself - keep it simple.
Use Leave to get you dog to ignore something it finds interesting, drop some disgusting item it has in its mouth, stop chasing that cat. put that child down - you don't know where its been. Broadly - stop doing something you don't want it to do.

In Border Collie Rescue all verbal commands used are accompanied by hand signals which serve to emphasise and compliment the instruction.
This is of great benefit when training deaf dogs, dogs with learning difficulties and dogs with short attentions spans.

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Wave hand or hands with arms extended towards the dog and away from the object you wish left alone.

The hand signal is similar to that you would use for 'Back'. May be used to stop playing with toys or to interrupt feeding.

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If a dog is a notorious scavenger you can teach this command while walking on an lead to get it to come off any 'little items' that may have taken its fancy.

Pull the dog away from the attraction while using the verbal command 'Leave' and applying the hand signal.
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