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Your Dog Doesn’t Come When You Call?


One of the most common complaints
is “my dog doesn’t come when I call”.
Training the recall is one of the funniest
of all dog-training exercises because we
do so much completely wrong!
Let us explain.
This is what we want to achieve:
When we call our dog “here Bella” we want Bella to
come sprinting as fast as she can to us.
Now, in order to achieve this we
must make “here Bella” the best
command in the world.
With the best result and rewards at the end!
So here are some tips!
Never call your dog if you are thinking
of telling her off! You can undo months
and months of hard work training your
dog to come by telling her off just once.
Suddenly coming when you call could be a really bad move!
On the 10th recall if you need to put
your dog on a leash then does so.
When you call your dog to you think of coming
as more of a “check in with me”
then, “I am calling you to stop what you are doing”.
Use a long line to keep control
of your dog if you are unsure.
A long line is a piece of line or
rope that can be as long as you like
that lies on the ground but you keep within reach!
If your dog hates returning to the
car then reward your dog back at
the car with water and a small feed
and things will soon turn around!
The basic formula to any good recall training is:
CALL your dog to you, then
REWARD your dog within 2 seconds
and then immediately
RELEASE your dog.
In order to make your dog enjoy the
experience, you should learn the
power of using affection and attention
by withholding it and only giving it as a reward.
This is one of the most powerful tools
available to us and yet we get it all so
wrong by giving the dog attention whenever
they want and wondering why they
don’t come when we call them!
All of the above are demonstrated live
on video as well as how to establish yourself
as the pack leader on The Online Dog Trainer.

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