Step 3: Adding a cue

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Repeat Step 2, but after presenting the treat, when your dog is engaging with your hand, say “leave it!” and wait patiently. When they stop pestering, say “YES!” and then feed your dog a treat from your treat pouch while you hide the bait treat. Repeat this process. Over time you should see that your dog backs off of your hand when you say “leave it”! When they are getting a reliable “leave it” (5 successful trials in a row), move onto Step 4. Be sure that you do NOT repeat the cue. Say it only one time and be patient.