Ok, here we go... Ion is now a registered Therapy Dog, and has been since he was a little over a year. "Leave it" is critical in a place where stray pills could be on the floor or other harmful substances. The first time I did this I demonstrated in the Therapy Dog class where I was a student. Ion was 9 months old, and yes I was explaining to the class how I taught him how to do this while he was sitting there... drooling, but being a good boy.
I also demonstrated this trick for the evaluator at the Hospice program I am involved in, she had never seen someone come into the program before with this level of connection. Ion and I have such a deep bond, and we'd been working as a team for year already in nursing homes and such. She likes how it demonstrates understanding and thought... oh yes, he wants those! He is tempted... but nope, mom said 'leave it', alright. Impulse Control Demonstration: Ion - YouTube
Little mister Presto. Life is all about balls... umm, TENNIS balls! He's bonkers for them, but there is a flip side to these toys. This once car chaser who had no ability to stop his raging adrenalin at the age of 7 months when I first obtained him shows that even though he is intensely, ravenously craving that little rolling sphere he will wait til he hears the command... note, I did continue to talk during his stay. He was listening for that 'ok!' Which will be critical for when he runs agility. Impulse Control Demonstration: Presto - YouTube
On a side note... too long to type again, but I noted some very serious impulse control over the last two days with Presto here: https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...rogress-80706/