your dog to come to you when called.
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In most situations
when dogs do not come back when called, it is simply as they are having
more fun somewhere else. Consequently, as their owners you must ensure
that you make recalls fun for your dog. A good recall is a vital part
of a dogs training and so it is important that this recall works
well in any situation, and with all members of the household.
this is the case all members of the household need to be consistent with
their training, following the same set of ground rules. Below are some
general guidelines that may help with this training.
you should make a list of toys and treats that your dog enjoys, with his
highest value reward at the top, and lowest at the bottom. When your begin
your training, you should use a very high reward, (but not THE highest
reward) to try to ensure a good response, until gradually you can introduce
some lower value toys or treats along with simple praise.
As a starting
pointing, begin your training in a quiet and peaceful environment.
The house or garden is good, but the dog must feel comfortable, and there
should not be too many distractions. When the dogs attention is
focused on something other than yourself, you can call the dog to you
and when he comes over REWARD him. If the dog doesnt respond immediately,
then it is important to keep on calling him until he does respond. It
is equally important that you still reward the dog for returning to you,
irrelevant how long the response took. After all, if you tell the dog
off at this point, all you are teaching him is that when he listens to
us and chooses to respond, he will get told off! Not much incentive for
the dog to do as you ask, is it? Repeat this procedure frequently.
have a near perfect response in the house and garden, (remember to make
it more difficult for your dog by trying recalls when you are in a different
room to your dog), you can then move on to more distracting environments.
For example, you could try a quiet area away from your home, or go to
the park at an antisocial time, so that you gradually raise the number
of distractions inflicted on your dog. Too fast a jump will result in
a dog, who forgetting his previous training in the home and garden, is
distracted by the environment and doesnt come back when called.
When you are away from home, use your dogs highest value reward
to counter balance the effect of any distractions.
if your dog does not respond immediately, keep on calling him and when
he does return, give him lots of praise to encourage him to come back
the next time. If he repeatedly does not come back, try using a long length
of rope or an extendable lead for more control. For example, when hes
on an extendable lead if he does not return to you, you can physically
pull back, and then praise him when he eventually gets back to you. NEVER
be tempted to chase your dog as this will turn into a far more fun game
to your dog, and he will be tempted to never come back when you call.
a couple of other points to remember when teaching a recall. Being out
in the park with you is one of the days highlights for your dog,
so make training sessions short and sweet, i.e. you decided to finish
the session before the dog gets bored. Some owners make the mistake of
only calling the dog back to them when it is time to go home. In this
situation the dog, preferring to be in the park, will quickly learn not
to come back when called, as it means going home so call your dog
back throughout the play session and prevent your dog from developing
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