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I've been trying to teach my cocker spaniel the leave it command/not to eat stuff off the floor unless I let him. In the process I broke him. I would put his food bowl on the ground and let him inside or out of the crate depending on where he was. When he started toward the food bowl I told him no and leave it. Then I made him sit or get in the down position. Once he stayed there, I pointed at the food bowl and told him to take it. Now he won't take it. He will walk over to the food bowl, stare at me, stare at the food bowl, stare at me, stare at the food bowl, etc.... Eventually, when I turn my back and leave the room he'll eat. I'm worried that I've broken him to where he won't eat in my presence. He does know the leave it command though.