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Mastering ‘Leave It’ – A 10-Step Training Plan by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

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Mastering ‘Leave It’ - A 10-Step Training Plan by Louise Stapleton-Frappell


January 27, 2020 - January 6, 2025    
12:00 am (ET)


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On-Demand Program: Watch as soon as you register

Program Description

3 Webinars, 22 Training Games, Life Time Access ONLY $50.00

Whether it be something accidentally left on the floor, an item carelessly discarded by someone in the street, food left on a low table, or something on the kitchen counter; a person, an animal, another dog, or perhaps something toxic… Being able to ask a dog to leave something and for them to happily oblige, is (by many) considered an essential skill that all dogs should be taught. However, there are also those who adamantly believe we should not teach a ‘leave it’ cue. Why such strong opposing views?

Join Louise Stapleton-Frappell for this skills and knowledge-based course in which she will discuss the many reasons to teach this cue, and the many reasons not to!

After clearly defining the goal behavior – exactly what we want our dogs to do on hearing the verbal cue – she will share a fun 10-step training ‘recipe’ that includes all the ‘ingredients’ that are needed to teach a canine how to happily, quickly, and willingly respond!

The step-by-step training games included in this three-part short course cover all the criteria for teaching the chosen cue, in a way that is fun for both dogs and caregivers. Attendees will learn how to successfully use the ‘Train-Test-Train’ method; how to proof the appropriate response through fun games, and how to generalize the skill. You will also learn how to adapt the 10-Step training plan, when needed.

Lots of video footage is included to clearly demonstrate all the training steps, as well as tips and demonstrations regarding what to do if things do not go exactly to plan!

Program Details

Enroll today and embark on the path to a happier dog and a well-trained cue!

 Access to all three sections of this short course via DogNostics Education’s teaching platform, where you can embrace the complete Mp4 experience by listening to each section in one seamless session or embark on your educational journey through convenient bite-sized lessons. (lifetime access)


Abundant video footage to guide you through each training step.

A total of 22 training ‘games’ to set you and your canine companion on the road to success!
Expert guidance to navigate unexpected challenges with ease
Accessible files and handouts for you to download!


There is not only enough material for you to become the ‘go-to’ expert in your area but even to run a training class dedicated to this one skill, should you so wish!

Learning Objectives:



This section covers fundamental aspects that will help you deepen your understanding regarding the whys & why nots of training a specific ‘leave it’ cue.

  • Understand the opposing views and debates surrounding this essential skill.
  • Explore the reasons why teaching the ‘leave it’ cue could be vital for your dog’s well-being.
  • Learn the precise goal behavior for ‘leave it’, leaving no room for confusion.
  • Understand the many applications of this cue in everyday life.
  • Understand the importance of a clearly defined cue.
  • Prepare for the 10-Step Training Plan by learning how to use respondent conditioning to elicit a positive emotional response to the verbal cue.



  • Dive into DogNostics’ 10-step training ‘recipe’ that provides the essential ingredients for a happy, quick, and willing response from your canine companion.
  • Via clear explanations and lots of video demonstrations, you will gain a clear understanding of how to teach Steps 1-5 of the 10-Step Training Plan.
  • Understand how to adapt the criteria when needed.
  • Learn alternative ways to not only teach the training steps positively but also to proof them.


  • Dive into engaging training games that cover training Steps 6 to 10!
  • Discover the “Train-Test-Train” method for impeccable results.
  • Learn how to tailor the 10-step training plan to your dog’s unique needs.
  • Learn how to generalize the skill effortlessly.
  • Understand how to use respondent conditioning to ensure that the verbal cue elicits a happy response!
  • Master the art of proofing your dog’s response through enjoyable activities.

What Your Program Includes. 


Written and contributed to by qualified canine training and behavior specialists.


Your Presenter – Louise Stapleton-Frappell

Louise Stapleton-Frappell, Partner and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career Center and Board Member of The Pet Professional Guild, is a Professional Canine Trainer and Behavior Consultant – Accredited by The Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Louise has constantly built on her knowledge and furthered her education in the field of force-free, rewards-based, science-based pet training. The creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certification Program, Louise has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in Southern Spain, where she offers a wide range of both group and private classes and pet dog services.



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