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It has been 30 years since my last puppy and I have forgotten how frustrating it can be at times LOL I am in the process of leash training Whimsy and actually have been for several weeks..( she is 4 months)
She does pretty good in the house but when we go outside I spend the whole time pulling stuff out of her mouth. Leaves,,mulch. bugs .etc. She is like a hoover vacumn for crying out loud! Any little tiny thing on the sidewalk distracts her and she puts it in her mouth. We hardly get anywhere with the training and it is very frustrating. I have very yummy treats as an alternative that she will take, but not after me telling her to leave it every 2 seconds. Refresh my memory...when do they out grow this??? LOL
I'm lucky if I get 6 feet before she has picked up something.

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Ahhh, but think of how well she will have the command "leave it!" down by the time she outgrows this put-everything-in-the-mouth stage! Ha! Makes me smile, remembering.

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LOL yes she really does have the leave it command down pretty good already!
She seems to pick up on things pretty fast....except for this leash/outside stuff LOL

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It has been 30 years since my last puppy and I have forgotten how frustrating it can be at times LOL I am in the process of leash training Whimsy and actually have been for several weeks..( she is 4 months)
She does pretty good in the house but when we go outside I spend the whole time pulling stuff out of her mouth. Leaves,,mulch. bugs .etc. She is like a hoover vacumn for crying out loud! Any little tiny thing on the sidewalk distracts her and she puts it in her mouth. We hardly get anywhere with the training and it is very frustrating. I have very yummy treats as an alternative that she will take, but not after me telling her to leave it every 2 seconds. Refresh my memory...when do they out grow this??? LOL
I'm lucky if I get 6 feet before she has picked up something.
It can take a while for them to grow out of it. But something that can help is to first introduce her to a clicker at home (there are many places on the internet to read how to do this if you haven't before. She should quickly learn that every time you click, she will get a treat, and start looking at you. The next step is that when she approaches something you don't want her to get at, say "Leave it!", but in a fun, "we're having a blast" sort of way. The minute she pauses, click and give her a treat.

It STILL won't be an instant "cure", but a lot of people end up making "leave it" aversive, by using a growly, rough voice. You want the dog to WANT to leave whatever they are looking at and come bounding back to you, even if they are off-lead and 100 feet ahead of you on a trail. you only get that kind of response by making "Leave it!" a very positive experience for them!


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My Daisy is almost a year and I don't call it a walk I call it a CSI expidition. She seems to get out of the house in the big world and is curious about everything and everyone except what I am saying. She does know "leave it" but needs to be reminded every 3 feet. She has been like this since she was three months old. She loves people and other dogs and has to go say hello to them. During that time she will not listen until they say hello. I did train her in the house where she is perfect and smart and attentive and was trained very easy. Boy when she gets outside she has this zest for life.
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What a face! She is so cute! She looks like Daisy did.
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actually as I tell her to leave it ,( I'll have to change my tone a little) I have the training treat in my hand ready to give it to her. She is pretty good about leaving it to get the treat ,but in two seconds she is picking up the next tiny leaf or whatever in her mouth! It is constant.
Maybe I will pick up a clicker and try that method. Thanks for any advise you can throw my way!!

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actually as I tell her to leave it ,( I'll have to change my tone a little) I have the training treat in my hand ready to give it to her. She is pretty good about leaving it to get the treat ,but in two seconds she is picking up the next tiny leaf or whatever in her mouth! It is constant.
Maybe I will pick up a clicker and try that method. Thanks for any advise you can throw my way!!
Well, the other part is that she's still very young, and puppies are VERY oral! It'll take time, but she'll get there!


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Good luck and keep us posted.

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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.

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