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Do Tell: Does Your Dog Know the "Away" Command?

Do Tell: Does Your Dog Know the "Away" Command?

I dunno about you, but I can't resist a tray of cupcakes placed in front of me . . . in fact, my mouth's watering just thinking about it. So I'm betting my eyes would probably go just as blank as poor Stains' did in this video and, let's just say, North could have easily snarfed at least two down by the time I even said the word "away." How would your pups fare in a test like this?

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Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
"No" does fine for us when we need her to stay away from something. But oi, poor Stains! That face! I equate that kind of look with a cold thermometer!
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Frankie knows "leave it" and "get out of here."
JeanninePC99 JeanninePC99 8 years
Baxter knows "leave it" and "back". They're both really helpful. I use "leave it" when he's already fixated on something. "Back" is for when I see something, but he hasn't noticed it yet ("leave it" would alert him to the fact that something interesting is there!) or when he's not giving someone enough space.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
My dog used to do that! I didn't want her snapping treats/food out of my hand so i taught her "Wait" and I could hold food right up to her nose and she was wait until I said "Ok". But sometimes the temptation would be too great and she would turn her head away like she was pretending it wasn't there. Funny! But if she was nice and waited, she always got something yummy.
runnergeek runnergeek 8 years
i watched this episode of 'me or the dog' that dog's expression is priceless! so cute. i feel the same way about cupcakes! Max understands 'leave it', but doesn't always listen!
ladyr ladyr 8 years
Both my dogs know the "leave it" command. We also have a "go" command which basically means turn around and walk away. That one comes in very handy also when we have company. If my dog is being too excited towards our guest, they (or I) can just say "go" and point and he will give them space.
GretelGirl GretelGirl 8 years
Both mine have "leave it" down - this Aussie was just too cute! Zombie Dog!
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
My dog understands "leave it". It applies to people too. :)
Fallen85 Fallen85 8 years
My cat knows the "Away" command though it sounds more like like "ROCKY GET THE F*CK OFF THE TABLE!" He is such a good boy.
agerges614 agerges614 8 years
Haha, I saw that clip on the Soup and was cracking up! Ours do not know the leave it command, but we'll have to start working on it!!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
That's very true renees. Never thought about that. Only he's 13 and pretty much set in his ways. He's one of those old dogs that won't learn new tricks... and gotten very ornery with age. I will certainly remember the 'leave it' command if I ever get a new puppy though.
TinaDenali TinaDenali 8 years
I agree- one of the first things I taught my doggies was 'Leave It'. I am so prone to dropping stuff while cooking and I don't want my dogs to scarf down something that could make them sick. It also helps on walks when they start to sniff at something.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
starangel82 - Leave It can be a really good command, because it can save your dog from picking up things that can be harmful if they at all go in their mouth. Medicine, Pills and Vitamins and the such
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
My dog (which is technically my parents' now) answers to 'drop it' when he has something he shouldn't and 'out' if we want him to get out of the kitchen. It's good he listens to those because otherwise he'd eat anything and everything.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
that dogs face is hysterical! I don't use the Away command, but this seems pretty much just like "Leave It" which I work with B-Bop on all the time. If I drop food or something I don't want him to have, I say Leave it and he walks away from it. It's a handy thing to have it you have a doggy vacuum like I do!
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