As the snow has melted, our dogs are finding little treasures on the ground that can really make your dog sick should they choose to eat them. Let’s teach your dog the “Leave it” command so they stay healthy and happy. Start the training inside by placing your dog on leash and toss an item on the floor. Then quickly walk by the item and encourage them to look at you. Tell them “yes” and reward their behavior. If they give the item a quick sniff then tell them Leave it and continue on walking. Once your dog walks right by the item with a quick sniff then you are ready for the real world outside. When you come across something that you don’t want them to sniff/pick up/eat then tell them “Leave it” and keep walking and reward with praise/treat when they listen to you. Start increasing the distraction to more valuable items and when they give the item a quick sniff and continue with you; please give them lots of praise! Happy Walking!