Re: Ignoring other dogs in public
A good way to use "leave it" in this situation is to try to notice when your pup first reacts - meaning when he first sees the dog and his body tightens a bit and his ears go forward (before he actually tries to get to the other dog). And then you say "leave it" and then something like "here, puppers!" and BACK UP so that he comes to your front while you praise and give small bits of treats. This helps turn him away from the dog, teaches him that looking at YOU is great, gives him a good start on a front position for the recall, and allows you to get a better control on the situation.
Young dogs especially have a tough time turning their attention from what's in front of them, so if there's a dog that has their attention it's hard to use "leave it" without giving the pup something else to do. Backing up and having him do a "front" helps him re-focus away from the dog and back on you. Now, you may have to do it over and over at first, but that's okay. He's learning. After awhile, "leave it" will make him look up at you to see what's going to happen next.
I like my dogs to be social but it can be frustrating when they think they have to greet everyone! *L*
Melanie and the gang in Alaska
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