This evening I worked on teaching Bentley the “Leave It!” command.  He’s got zero impulse control and puts just about anything in his mouth, so teaching him to go against his instincts is tough!  To keep his attention, I used a treat, and as a reward when he actually did leave it, I used tasty, tasty hot dog slices.  I made sure that he couldn’t get the treat from me, and told him to “Leave It!” and when he successfully looked away from the hand holding the treat, he got a piece of hot dog from my *other* hand.  I wanted to be sure he didn’t confuse what I wanted him to leave with his reward.

Check out the video to see Bentley in action!