How To Teach Your Dog To Come Every Time You Call

Posted: August 8, 2014 in Dog Behavior, Dog Training Methods and Ideas, Puppy Training
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For most dog owners it is common to have a dog that will come to
you sometimes.

Maybe 7 or 8 times out of ten.

Then there are dogs that simply won’t come at all.

Even run away from you when you call

This is not only frustrating but it can be very dangerous for your
dog.

If you follow the tips below you can teach your dog to come every time you call. 

I am sure many of you can relate to at least one of these
scenarios.

You’re at the park and you let your dog off leash, and he or she is
gone, out of the park into the woods and if your lucky they come
back a few hours later..

You call your dog to come and he or she gets just about to you and
then veers off to go sniff another dogs butt.

You call your dog to come and they just stand there and look at you
like you’ve lost your mind..and the second you take a step toward
them they take off and you can’t catch them, it’s like a game to
them.

Now your dog knows what it means when you call them to come and
there are several reasons why they are not complying.

#1 The Deal You Make With Your Dog.

By this I mean if you expect your dog to come to you when you call
you had better have something more interesting and exciting that
what it is they are distracted by..however in a lot of cases what
happens is you call your dog to come, and he gets to you and you
clip the lead on, put him in the car and take him home.

What your dog has learned is, I was having fun, my leader called
and suddenly the fun is over and I am back home in the yard, or at
the vet, or to the groomers to have my nails clipped.

What you have inadvertently taught your dog is that it is not a
good deal to come when called, and the next time you call your dog
he is not likely to come straight away.

I suggest you practice calling your dog and when they get to you
tell them good dog, give them a big piece of sausage, and then let
them go and play again..

When you do get ready to leave, instead of calling your dog to
come, just walk up to her take her by the collar put the lead on
and take her to the car.

You never called her to come so she won’t relate coming when called
to a negative consequence.

This is a good deal for your dog.

#2 The Prize

Some dogs like food as a prize,

This don’t mean the dry kibble they get twice a day in their bowls,
this is not going to be a good deal for your dog. Use powerful
treats like whole sausage, big chunks of last nights steak, ect.

Be random with your selection that way your dog will not know what
he is getting but will know that whatever it is will be good and
well worth coming to you to find out what he has won for a prize.

Look at it like this, if I gave you a dollar to do a job you
wouldn’t be very keen to do it, but if I gave you 1000.00 dollars,
you would be much more willing to do as I ask, and would be ready
to go the next time I asked you to do a job..make sense?

Some dogs like praise and belly rubs as a prize.

Some dogs like toys, sticks balls, ect as a prize.

#3 The 50 Foot Rope

If you can’t get your dog to come at all, then it’s important to
control your dog from the start. The rope will give you control
over your dog in any environment, and make training the recall much
easier. Don’t let them off the line, until you are sure he is going
to come when called.

Call your dog to come give a little tug on the rope and when he
gets to you give him the prize and let him go..repeat..for a couple
of days and you will be amazed at the progress you will make.

#4 What You Are Saying With Your Body Language

Sometimes people will call the dog to come and then start moving
toward the dog, this will cause your dog to stop to see where you
are going, and may even cause him to walk the other way..in
anticipation of you chasing him.. it would be better to walk away
from your dog.

The best way is to crouch down,,and show the dog the prize, and in
a cheerful and excited high pitched voice call him to come. If you
stand up tall, and command your dog to come they might think they
are in trouble and be less likely to come.

#5 The Words You Use

Use the words good boy or good girl when your dog is coming to you
that way they will know that they are not in trouble, because you
have never used good boy or good girl when they were in trouble.

The most powerful and effective way to teach your dog to come every time you call is too establish with your dog that you are the leader, and once you have, your dog will trust that you are in charge and make good decisions so he or she will stop flipping you the paw as much to say who are you to tell me what to do..and will naturally want to follow you.

If you liked this post let me know by liking my Face Book Page River Valley Dog Training.

All the best,

Harley

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