Leave It is a great way to improve focus and reduce impulsive behavior in dramatic dogs. Start by putting a treat in each hand. With your dog seated in front of you, offer them one open hand with the treat clearly displayed and one closed hand with a treat inside. When your dog approaches your open palm, tell them firmly, "Leave it." When your dog backs away and ceases trying to take the treat from your open palm, you may then reward them with the treat contained in your fist. Your dog will soon learn to take their cues from you and that doing so will be richly rewarded!
Watch Me is a great way to teach your dog to focus on you. Shifting your dog's attention from something that causes them to get overly stimulated and back to you will reap great dividends for both of you. To play this game, all you need is a clicker and yummy treats. With your dog on a lead at your side and using your dog's name, say, "Buddy, watch me!" When Buddy looks at you, click and treat. In no time, Buddy will learn that calmly watching you is the ticket to success!