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My dog eats food leftovers during walks…
This kind of behavior stems from a dog’s natural instinct of survival, which is why a considerable numbers of dogs cannot resist a morsel found during a walk. A lot of owners wonder how to solve the problem. To start with, we propose to change the place of walks for a period of approximately two weeks and place a muzzle over the dog’s mouth to prevent the dog from eating rubbish. The next step is to teach our dog the command “leave it.” Take a treat into your hand and show it to the dog. When he wants to take it, say “leave it,” clench your hand, and do not react to his attempts at getting it. If the dog stops focusing on your hand even for a short moment, say “good” and give him the treat but with your other hand! When the dog reacts to the command “leave it” when a treat is in your hand, raise the difficulty level by putting a treat on the floor. Be ready to stop the dog from eating it by covering it with your hand. If the dog reacts without failure to the command “leave it” when a treat is on the ground, move to the next phase.  This time put several treats in different places. When the dog moves around the house and resists eating the treats even without the command “leave it,” we can take our exercise outdoors, to the new place of walks. We start by putting a treat on the path we are walking along. Be prepared to prevent the dog from eating the treat by covering it, not by pulling the leash. Next, try to hide the treats in new places and involve other people in the exercise.  Finally, practice in the places where you used to walk before the training. Remember to cover the treats, not pull the leash.  When you are not practicing, stop the dog from going back to his old habits by putting on a muzzle. With time, it should not be necessary any more.

Most frequent mistakes:
- treats laid on the ground not varied enough
- applying the muzzle inconsistently
- raising the difficulty level too fast
- pulling the dog away instead of covering the treat