Shelf sniffing

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Barked: Sun Mar 3, '13 4:42pm PST 
Just wondering, what's everyone's technique for trouble shooting this problem?

I realize that having your dog work in a heel position would outright prevent it, but there are times when stores are just too small or crowded for your dog to heel next to you. Or if they are heeling, sometimes shelves can be so close together, all your dog would have to do is turn their head to touch their nose to something.

I realize most people would give a collar pop. Others would tell their dog to "leave it". But what else do people do?

Barked: Mon Mar 4, '13 5:41am PST 
I tell him to leave it. I also tell him to "watch me." We practice in less crowded places.
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Barked: Mon Mar 4, '13 7:10pm PST 
I train Sadie this at her fav. place the pet store near us. They have treats that smell really nice for doggies there at the right level. I have already at home taught her to not grab or to leave it with her meals etc. So when I go to the pet shop there it is right there at her nose level and on the shelf and I let her get a good wiff of it then I tell her Leave it in a firm voice. Its that simple Sadie dose not sniff things that I don't allow her to.