Step 4: Open hand


Now, present the bait treat to your dog in your open hand. Say “leave it” (just one time!). They will likely try to grab it but keep your hand in the same position and silently close your fist around the treat before they can get it. Wait until your dog stops pestering and then open your hand again. Repeat this process until your dog does NOT try to take the treat from your open hand. When this occurs, say “YES!” and then feed them a treat from your treat pouch while you hide your bait treat hand behind your back. Repeat the process until your dog is successful 5 times in a row.