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How to distinguish training sit vs. leave it

I have been trying my 9 week old pup "sit" by holding a treat in a closed fist, and not giving it to her until her butt hits the ground. I use a clicker as a marker.

I also want to start teaching her to "leave it" although it sounds like it'll be very similar to "sit" in that she will likely leave it alone, sit, and then wait for the treat.

How do you distinguish the 2 commands?
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She doesn't have to sit to leave it, she can just not touch the toy or treat and in your posession will be an even better treat... as soon as she loses interest in what she's supposed to "leave", you can give her what's in your hand.
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I used a treat she could see in my fingers to lure to sit, out of her reach.

I used a treat on the floor with my hand over it for leave it.

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Here's how we taught leave it:

Give the pup a lowish-value toy. When he starts to put his mouth on the toy, say "leave it," and hold a high-value treat in front of his nose. He'll drop the toy to get the treat. Don't take the toy away at this time! Let him go back to the toy if he wants to or he might take it to mean that you don't ever want him playing with that toy. "Leave it," he drops the toy, give the treat, and he can go back to the toy if he wants to. After a few repetitions of this you can phase out holding the treat in front of his nose. Kopper picked this up incredibly quickly. Also this way it can't be confused with sit.


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I have been trying my 9 week old pup "sit" by holding a treat in a closed fist, and not giving it to her until her butt hits the ground. I use a clicker as a marker.

How do you distinguish the 2 commands?
Just want to clarify, when you use a clicker you mark the behavior with the 'click' THEN give the treat.

So for the 'sit' you will click when the butt hits the ground. THEN give the treat.

For a 'leave it' you click when they drop, avoid, turn away from the whatever and THEN you give the treat. It doesn't matter if the pup is standing, sitting, down, whatever. It's when the pups FACE does the 'leave it' then you click.

This shows the 'leave it' really well. REALLY listen to the hints and tips he gives. Be on the dogs level. Work on your timing. Lots of tiny treats.....


The timing matter when you click. The treat/reward just comes later.






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Thanks all for the suggestions. I'll go back and see what will work best for her.

Maggie - yes, I click when her butt touches the ground, then give the treat and praise a second after.
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