Friday, August 8, 2014

How The LEAVE IT! Command Can Restore Harmony In Your Home

Sometimes I listen to people describe life with pets in their household and it sounds like pure chaos!  They go to great lengths to keep the dog away from the cat, the toddler, the hamster, the guests, and who knows what else, skillfully orchestrating mealtime, walks, and family time like a stealth mission.

Does this sounds like your household, or the home of someone you know?  Want to get back some sanity?  Well, let me introduce you to the all powerful LEAVE IT! command. 

The Leave It! command restored harmony in our home and enabled Isis and Maggie to co-exist peacefully
When we first got Icy she was about 14 weeks old.  She was your typical rambunctious puppy, getting into everything and curious about everything and everyone.  The everyone included Maggie, our senior cat.  Maggie was 14 years old at the time and the only pet in our home, when this bull-in-a-china-shop puppy came barreling into her peaceful life.  Needless to say, Maggie was NOT amused.

Icy was enthralled with Maggie from the moment she laid eyes on her.  All she wanted was to play with the little furry toy that  moved all by itself!  She wouldn't leave poor Maggie alone.  Icy was getting bigger by the day and things quickly spiraled out of control.  They couldn't be in the same room without Isis desperately trying to chase after Maggie and Maggie running away from her like a bat out of hell. 

All we wanted was for Icy and Maggie to co-exist peacefully.  We wanted to watch TV in the family room together without Icy bothering Maggie.  Was that too much to ask?  Our PetSmart trainer, Ricky, introduced us to the Leave It! command and it changed our lives!  It took time and effort, but we finally got to the point where Icy would leave Maggie alone.  The first time we all sat in the living room together watching TV, with Maggie on the couch and Icy laying peacefully on the floor beneath her was a joyous moment indeed!  From then on we all lived happily & peacefully together.  What a relief!

The Leave It! command can useful in getting your dog to leave another pet alone, such as a cat or hamster, leave your children alone, and not lunge at guests when they enter your home.   It's useful when food drops on the floor, if your dog spies something unsavory in the street, or if they spot a squirrel or other animal in the yard or another dog on a walk.  There are so many reasons to teach your dog to Leave It!  This is what makes Leave It! one of my favorite and most useful obedience commands.

Tell us how the Leave It! command has helped your dog.  If you haven't taught it to your dog yet, could the Leave It! command help you restore some peace in your home?  Leave us a comment, we always want to know what you think!


  1. Very true and it does work. We do listen most of the time
    Lily & Edward

    1. Good for you, Lily & Edward, you are so well behaved! Thanks for visiting us today!

  2. Oh man oh man!!! The leave it command is like gold is my house! With 3 huskies and 3 cats....yep! Thanks DOG for the leave it command!
    Thanks for joining our special pet parade anniversary hop!
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    1. Oh, I hear ya it's super important for us too! I don't know how you do it; 3 Huskies, 3 cats and kids to boot! Respect! Thanks for this great pet parade & giveaway! I hope to win something ( :

  3. Thanks for joining the Pet Parade pawty! Great tip to share! My favorite command is STOP as I had a dog who would get out and run across the street (it wasn't a busy street) but once a car was coming as he was bounding back. I'm so glad I taught him to stop from afar! ~Rascal and Rocco

    1. Oh wow, good thing you taught him that life saving command! It's so important. Thanks for hosting this Pet Parade Pawty & blog hop!

  4. Hi - Love this post on the "leave it" command. As a dog trainer I teach this command as a safety command much like the emergency recall. The reason I have alway done this is from personal experience. I think one sentence will tell you the whole thing.

    One day, I dropped a glass jar of spaghetti sauce on the kitchen floor.

    The rest is most likely apparent. I am just glad that I had trained my dogs the "Leave It" command or there would have been a definite rush to the emergency vet had one of them tried to enjoy shards of glass "a la sauce" for dinner.

    The "leave it" command can be used in so many instances. Yes you can have a more harmony in your house, but it can also save your pets life.

    Thanks for the reminder of such an important command that all dog owners should have in their arsenal of commands.

    1. Wow, that could have been disastrous! Thank you for sharing that great example of the benefits of the Leave It command. Thanks for visiting us today!