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So I've had my puppy for about one month; he's 3months old. So I've got a problem. He's become really curious of everything and is now exploring the entire house. He understands "no"=bad so what he is doing now is he'll take off running with the item in his mouth! Just today he had a doll in which he snatched off a bookshelf and once I told him no, he took off running with it and tried to hide behind the couch. My question is, how can I teach him to stop running away and to just leave it, he knows it's bad! :confused::confused::confused:
 

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My question is, how can I teach him to stop running away and to just leave it, he knows it's bad! :confused::confused::confused:
How do you know he "knows it's bad"? He's only 3 months old, you've had him for a month - I highly doubt he understands the concepts of good and bad as defined by humans. I highly doubt he knows the difference between the toys that are his, and the things that are yours and not to be taken.

He also has too much freedom if he's able to grab things he's not supposed to have and run away with them. He needs to be much more closely supervised, and the house should be puppy proofed so he can't get at anything valuable.
 

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tether him to you. then work on teaching him a leave it command. To teach a leave it command, start with treats.

Use a large HIGH value treat. Keep that treat in your hand. Remember, he NEVER EVER gets this treat otherwise it will defeat the purpose to teaching a leave it because he'll learn he leaves it long enough, he'll get the treat. So you have the high value treat in one hand, closed fist!!!!! and other treats available in the free hand. Show him the high value treat, close your fist and tell him leave it. He'll try to get it, probably roughly, at first. Don't give in. When he turns his head away, praise and treat. Repeat. Start working up to a leave it with him giving eye contact to you. It's a slow process but one you HAVE to work on daily if for no other reason, a protection for your dog.

My husband is out of town this weekend but I'll see if we can try to get a video of me working with Dax on a leave it so you can have a visual of what I'm talking about. I've only worked with Dax on leave it a couple times because his focus is iffy some days but other days its spot on. He's actually pretty good about staying out of trouble.

The most important commands you can teach your dog if you teach nothing else, Come and Leave It. These are must know commands for all dogs. They're safety commands.
 

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"stop" and "no" are high on the command list.

tether him to you. then work on teaching him a leave it command. To teach a leave it command, start with treats.

Use a large HIGH value treat. Keep that treat in your hand. Remember, he NEVER EVER gets this treat otherwise it will defeat the purpose to teaching a leave it because he'll learn he leaves it long enough, he'll get the treat. So you have the high value treat in one hand, closed fist!!!!! and other treats available in the free hand. Show him the high value treat, close your fist and tell him leave it. He'll try to get it, probably roughly, at first. Don't give in. When he turns his head away, praise and treat. Repeat. Start working up to a leave it with him giving eye contact to you. It's a slow process but one you HAVE to work on daily if for no other reason, a protection for your dog.

My husband is out of town this weekend but I'll see if we can try to get a video of me working with Dax on a leave it so you can have a visual of what I'm talking about. I've only worked with Dax on leave it a couple times because his focus is iffy some days but other days its spot on. He's actually pretty good about staying out of trouble.

>>>>> The most important commands you can teach your dog if you teach nothing else, Come and Leave It. These are must know commands for all dogs. They're safety commands.<<<<< [/QUOTE]
 

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How do you know he "knows it's bad"? He's only 3 months old, you've had him for a month - I highly doubt he understands the concepts of good and bad as defined by humans. I highly doubt he knows the difference
i figured he did cause every time I told him no, took off running trying to hide. He's growing up so quickly. I'll have to remove everything from his reach
 

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tether him to you. then work on teaching him a leave it command. To teach a leave it command, start with treats.

Use a large HIGH value treat. Keep that treat in your hand. Remember, he NEVER EVER gets this treat otherwise it will defeat the purpose to teaching a leave it because he'll learn he leaves it long enough, he'll get the treat. So you have the high value treat in one hand, closed fist!!!!! and other treats available in the free hand. Show him the high value treat, close your fist and tell him leave it. He'll try to get it, probably roughly, at first. Don't give in. When he turns his head away, praise and treat. Repeat. Start working up to a leave it with him giving eye contact to you. It's a slow process but one you HAVE to work on daily if for no other reason, a protection for your dog.

My husband is out of town this weekend but I'll see if we can try to get a video of me working with Dax on a leave it so you can have a visual of what I'm talking about. I've only worked with Dax on leave it a couple times because his focus is iffy some days but other days its spot on. He's actually pretty good about staying out of trouble.

The most important commands you can teach your dog if you teach nothing else, Come and Leave It. These are must know commands for all dogs. They're safety commands.
Thanks! I'm definitely going to try it. What do you give Dax as a high reward?
 

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Thanks! I'm definitely going to try it. What do you give Dax as a high reward?

as a high value reward for Dax, he will do darn near anything for a dognation brand chicken treat or a hot dog. For other dogs, it could be any number of things. Start with treats for sure because they're easy to close into your hand. Basically find your pups what I call Puppy Crack. Dax will do ANYTHING I ask him to do that he knows and then some for one of those treats.

Chicken Treats | Freshpet ~ same as below, just different packaging. Same company.

Chicken Treats | Freshpet ~ these can be found in walmart, but I've seen them in safeway and other grocery stores as well as pet stores.
 

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i figured he did cause every time I told him no, took off running trying to hide. He's growing up so quickly. I'll have to remove everything from his reach

He only knows what you actively teach him or what he learns by his own means. By his owns mean, its usually what's going to get him in the most trouble. Think of him like this; he's a 2-3 year old kid. If it looks like fun, they don't care if it gets them in trouble. Also, if it fits, it goes in the mouth. If it gets a rise out of you, better believe he's gonna do it. They want to engage you and if that means grabbing something and running, they do it because you will give chase. Instead of chasing him, run away from him. It'll encourage him to chase you. This is also a good way to help teach "come".
 
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