Its Yer Choice – Layer 2

Objective: To teach your dog to ignore food in your open hand for up to 5 seconds

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Preparation:  You will need 15 dry treats such as kibble

Step by Step Instructions Comments
Put 5 treats in your hand and warm up with the 1st layer
Place 10 treats in your hand.
Open your hand and count ‘1-banana, 2-banana’.  If your dog doesn’t try to steal the food, praise your dog and give him one treat.  Close your hand. If your dog does try to steal the food, go back to the 1st layer and practice at that level for a few more days
Repeat the above step one more times. If your dog is successful on both tries, move on to the next step.  If not, stay at this step until all 10 treats are used.
Open your hand again.
Count ‘1-banana, 2-banana, 3-banana’.  If your dog doesn’t try to steal the food, praise your dog and feed him one treat.  Close your hand.
Repeat the above two steps two more times If your dog is successful all three times go to the next step, otherwise repeat this step.
Continue in this manner but start to vary the duration.  Count:  2-banana twice, 3-bananas once, 4-bananas once, 1-banana once When your 10 treats have been used, take a break
If you are finished with training say ‘All Done’ so your dog knows that the session is finished
If you are just taking a short break, play with your dog or give scritches; something your dog enjoys and then move on to train something else.
Continue to vary the duration until your dog will wait for up to 5 seconds without trying to steal the treats from your open hand.
When to Advance  
When your dog does not try to steal food from your open hand for a 5-banana (5 second) count
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