I’ve mentioned before that we love the “leave it” command.
Walking ten feet to get something out of the fridge only to find that the food you left has been swiped is no fun, not to mention potentially dangerous for the dogs. We tend to consume a decent bit of garlic, onion, chocolate (though significantly less than I would prefer), and other dog unfriendly ingredients.
Like these cupcakes I made a couple of months ago. If you peruse the recipe – which takes a long time to make but is entirely worth it – there’s nothing dog friendly about it. As I like to say, “it’s delicious, not nutritious” (though I also enjoy things that are both delicious and nutritious!).
If I walk to the couch with a cupcake and decide I want a fork, I want to be able to set it down walk back to the kitchen (within eyesight!). We do typically take our food with us or put it out of reach, but sometimes we forget and need to have our long-term resident dogs be prepared for that situation. Not to mention, if we bring a dog around kids who drop food or leave a couple of toys around, it would be bad for him to snatch them!
I was confident that Gambit’s mastery of leave it when indoors was strong enough for this one.
Unsurprisingly, he nailed it. Practice with food left on the coffee table, treats right in front of him, his meals, etc. had paid off.
At some point, Edwin may have to face the cupcake challenge as well. He’s great at leaving food on the coffee table or a treat on the ground under supervision, but we might need to work on leave it for a couple more weeks before he’s ready to resist a smelly cupcake a foot from his nose while the humans have their backs turned. While he very well may be able to pass the challenge now, I’ll stick with more dog friendly temptations like open dog food bins until I’m 100% sure.