Join Date: Jan 2010
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I am not a fan of head collars in general, especially for small dogs. Much like prong/electric collars, there are some circumstances where they might be really necessary because you are totally out of options, but, I don't think a silly puppy is one of them!
It sounds like your timing is off, like you're telling her "leave it" after she picks it up. You need to watch what she's watching and tell her "leave it" when she is still thinking about picking it up. And yes, you might need to remind her to leave this leaf, and that leaf, AND that leaf... as many times as she thinks about wanting to pick something up. It will get lesser as she gets older! And she'll learn you want her to leave the ground on the ground.
You might also have two commands pushed into one. I have two distinct commands - "Leave it" for when I see him eying something I know I don't want in his mouth, and "Drop It" for when I missed my chance and he needs to put it down.
Mostly, be consistent and be patient because puppies are like that... someday after it's over you'll look back and think about how cute it was.
~Kat, Clover, CDX RN NA NAJ, & AKC/UKC Ch. William
People in the dog show world know me as Karen, but the rest of the world knows me & I will introduce myself as Kat... I've been showing dogs longer than I've had the nickname, and the nickname is not new!