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There's some training that can help make life a bit easier...the more you practice, the better the dogs get. This utilizes clicker training and it is one place where without the clicker...it's much harder to be successful due to the timing/presentation of the reinforcer (treats),
Take a tissue (piece of toilet paper, paper towel, napkin...bounce sheet....sock....etc...). Crumple it up so it's hidden in your fist. Hold out your fist. Your dog will probably give it a quick sniff. As soon as his nose comes off, click, and give him a treat. At the click, hide the tissue-hand behind your back. When he's done chewing, re-present. Practice lots of times...20+. Your dog will not touch your hand... and you will think ... "He's bored!". He isn't bored...he's smart and figured out that it pays to leave the tissue alone.
Now... take a look at your hand. The tissue is in your closed fist. Your finger tips are touching the palm of your hand. This is 100% closed. Remove the tips of your fingers from your palm, so that your hand is only 95% closed. Do several repetitions like this. And some more. And some more. And then open your hand further... and further...and further.
When you are able to present the tissue flat on your hand... wave it a tiny bit. Click when your dog gives you the (super scientific) "I will NOT touch it!" look. Feed a great treat after every click. Repeat, every few repetitions, increasing the amount of waving your tissue is doing.
Repeat with other items (always starting with a new item closed in your fist, the progression takes a shorter period of time every time you go through this.)
With over 80% of dogs/puppies we get to waving an item in the first session.
-Adding a word to it. In class we do add in a "Leave It" later, but the tempting item should be the cue to leave it. Way easier for us!
-Opening your hand to show the dog what you have. Yesterday a puppy went from not touching the hand to frantically clawing and grabbing because the owner had thought "He was bored and won't look at it." The goal is the dog not touching!
-Keeping the tissue hand out all the time. Hold it out when you're ready. Remove it after the click. Leaving the tempting item out for a long time can make the dog less successful.