Teaching a pup to “Leave” takes time… So what can you do now to stop him from picking up everything in sight during your walks?
I’ve come up with this trick after noticing that most cockers love to carry something. So when my pups were young, too excited about life (and everything on the street they could sniff and possibly eat…) and still learning proper “Leave” I used a distraction.
I’d pick up an old sock, shoe storage bag (you know, the one that comes inside the box), glove or small fabric flat toy – anything light and easy to hold would do!
We’d play right before the walk using the said thing, then I’d put it in my pocket to give to the pup during our walk.
They always looked so happy, adorable and proud carrying their trophy! And it kept them busy from focusing on rubbish! After a few walks the rubbish would become a familiar part of the street, so the pups would no longer pay attention to it. By then we’d also had enough practice with “Leave”, so the pups were prepared for the big life (and the sock or toy would be left at home)
Of course, it doesn’t suit every single puppy. But it’s such a simple thing to try, it’s worth a mention.
If you have any tricks or tips of your own, do share them below.