Leave It No Stealing

There is another use for your "leave it" command. You already taught your dog not to grab things off the ground. Now you will use it to prevent him from stealing things off tables or counters. To practice, put something tempting on a table. A peanut butter sandwich close to the edge of the table would be good.

Pretend you are not paying attention. Tell him to "leave it." If he does not, you can correct him in a number of ways. You can just grab him by his collar and pull him away. If you don't think you'll be quick enough to do this, let him drag his leash. You can also use a spray bottle filled with half water and half white distilled vinegar. If he tries to grab the sandwich, spray him in the face. When your dog backs away and possibly sits, reward him with a low-level treat, like a dog biscuit. The spray bottle is a great tool for "counter surfing" dogs or dogs who jump up while you are eating.

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