Teaching Your Pug Puppy To Drop It And Leave It

Teaching your pug puppy to drop it and leave it

Teaching your pug puppy to DROP IT and LEAVE IT can prove to be very valuable. You will have a lot less chewed or slobbered on belongings, and prevent your puppy chewing or swallowing toxic stuff.

You may be able to prevent resource guarding altogether by turning the entire experience into a game.

Teaching your pug puppy to DROP IT and LEAVE IT is not all that difficult but it will demand some patience.

DROP IT” teaches your puppy to do this in low-stress situations so you'll be able to more get her attention help her release whatever she has in her mouth. (this can then be followed up with “LEAVE IT”)

The time it will take for your Pug to master these skills will depend on, her willingness to please, and your ability and perseverance as a coach. Pug puppies usually master these skills in a couple of weeks.


DROP IT means drop whatever is in the puppy’s mouth.

Anybody who’s had a Pug know what it's like to receive “presents” they really don’t want. You may have had to chase a highly valued possession around the house with your little friend refusing to hand it over!

Please don’t imagine that you are the Alpha and this should make it easy to take things away from your little associate. Smacks screams or punishment will only result in a loss of respect. Of course, it's also painfully ineffective if she drops the item this time, she won't have learned anything. Except perhaps that her human can be unreasonable.

I know, your puppy can’t be permitted to put just anything into her mouth, this is risky, but getting a pug puppy to give up something they have decided to hang onto is no small achievement.

Happily, DROP IT it can be taught quite easily. Just keep in mind that, some little puppies can be easily distracted, so you will need to be patient and persistent.


Teaching your pug puppy to DROP IT and LEAVE IT

LEAVE IT” is the cue you give your puppy before she's grabbed the item.

You’ll feel more in control and save time spent fishing about for things in your Pug puppy's mouth—if you can teach her to leave objects alone in the first place.

Never ask your puppy to leave something and then let her have it as her “reward.” You will be teaching your puppy that "LEAVE IT means a quick look at you and then grab the item.

Hazards you want your puppy to leave alone will include broken glass, sharp bones, or any other noxious trash on the ground; not to mention a dog fight at the park. Your puppy’s response when you tell her “LEAVE IT” could be the difference between you giving her a dog treat or a trip to an emergency vet.

Like "COME and STAY  LEAVE IT is an important safety cue new puppy that becomes a member of your family.

The Trade

A guarding situation becomes a lot worse when owners are threatening and confrontational when their dogs refuse to give up whatever is in their mouth. The trick is to turn the process into a game of trade by teaching the “TAKE IT” and game, your puppy will feel good about giving up anything she has in her mouth.

Teaching Your Puppy “DROP IT”

1.0 Offer your Pug puppy one of her most favorite toys, saying "TAKE IT."

2.0 If your puppy gets highly excited when she sees the toy, let her play with it for a few minutes before you begin training. Just don't wait too long that she gets bored it.

3.0 While the toys in your puppy's mouth, hold a treat up to her nose.

4.0 When your puppy spits out the toy give her the treat.

5.0 Repeat steps 1-4 several times until your puppy is responding nicely.

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Now Add A Verbal Cue

6.0 Now, add the verbal cue, "DROP IT." while still holding the treat near her nose.

7.0 After a little practice try holding the treat farther away. Gradually lengthen the distance if she keeps on responding to your verbal cue.

8.0 Now stop giving the puppy a treat every time she follows through. Start giving a treat every 2 or 3 times so your puppy never knows if she's going to get a treat. ‘Intermittent reinforcement‘, is the best way to encourage your puppy to do something useful on a long-term basis.

9.0 Practice, until your puppy becomes used to after the command then, try without the treat, praising your little pug if she complies.

3 Helpful Tips

  • When I am teaching your pug puppy to DROP IT and LEAVE IT, I suggest you start inside, then I repeat all the steps in a quiet, outdoor area. Finally, I practice at the dog park with other off-leash dogs.
  • If you find that your puppy becomes overly excited or obsessed with the treats, and restart the training session a little later.
  • If your puppy refuses to let go of the toy when you offer the treat try wiggling it or holding it closer to her nose. DO NOT yank the toy out of her mouth or pry open jaws. This will probably just cause your pug to hold the item a lot more firmly.

Teaching Your Puppy "Leave It"

1.0 Start the training sessions inside the house or in an area where there are very few distractions.

2.0 Ensure you have two different kinds of treats. One can be fairly boring to your puppy, but the other should be a high-value treat she finds very yummy.

Break these treats into pea-sized pieces so it won’t take long gobble them up.

3,0 Make a fist with the hand that has the lower value and present your fist to your puppy.

4.0 Tell your puppy “LEAVE IT” and wait until she finishes sniffing or pawing at the treat.

5.0 As soon as your puppy hesitates momentarily moves her nose back or turns her head away. Tell Her “YES.” Then offer her the higher-value treat in your other hand.

6.0 Repeat 3-5 a couple of times until your puppy regularly to take his nose away and take the more yummy treat.

Adding A Cue

7.0 Now add your cue “LEAVE IT” while she's in the act of moving her head away. This will develop an association between your cue and the action.

8.0 Repeat this process several times.

9.0 Once your puppy is responding reliably tell her LEAVE IT as soon as you present your hand to her; then reward giving her treats from your other hand.

Teaching your pug puppy to DROP IT and LEAVE IT

Making It A Little More Difficult For Your Puppy

10.0 Now you've built up an association with the word and the action, you can make it harder for your little pug.

11.0 Put some kibble onto your open palm so she can see and smell it. hold the tasty treat in your other hand and keep it behind your back.

12.0 Show your puppy the food in your open palm. Tell her “ LEAVE IT” It's going to be harder for your puppy to comply because now she can actually see the food right in front of her.

If she tries to get it, cup your hand over the food take your hand out of sight for a few seconds, saying the 'uh-oh' or 'oh no'.

You are letting your little dog know he will not be for refusing to comply.

13,0 When your puppy does comply, reward her with the treat from your other hand. Do not ever give her food that she has decided to leave. Any rewards have to come from somewhere else.

Teaching your pug puppy to DROP IT and LEAVE IT

Now We're Going To Make It Even Harder For Your Puppy.

14.0 Try the food on the floor or on a table.

Repeat the process, rewarding your pup with a treat from your hand, not the one on the floor or the table.

15.0 When tell your puppy “LEAVE IT” and she stops sniffing immediately, leash your little girl and then toss a low-value treat on the floor.

16,0 Wait until she stops sniffing and pulling you toward the treat. As soon as he does tell her “YES” and give her that high-value treat from your hand.

20.0 Keep repeating the exercise by tossing other objects on the floor – ideally the kind of stuff you want her to leave alone.

One Last Thing

As soon as your dog is doing well with LEAVE IT around the home you can start to use it around the neighborhood.

If you have any problem at all teaching your pug puppy to DROP IT and LEAVE IT don't hesitate to contact me. Just use the comment section below this post.

As a wise Pug once said, all you need is love, kibble and a de-worming tablet every three to six months.”

Thanks For Reading

Richard S.



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