|Barked: Thu Dec 7, '06 12:29pm PST |
|I think the best way to teach come is to not EVER give them a chance to refuse. Our obedience trainer always recommended keeping a short leash on the puppy in the house, and a longer 20 ft lead outside in the yard. When you tell the pup to come, be ready to 'reel' him/her in if they don't come on their own. Don't ever tell the pup to come if you aren't prepared to enforce it, they learn they only have to come if they feel like it. In practice sessions we always said 'come Mattie', in a very excited voice, (walking backwards so we were facing her), and praising her tons when she got to us(whether on her own, or if we had to use the leash to guide her). Practice it as much as possible, in short little sessions throughout the day.
It may take months to get really reliable recall,and some pups take longer than others. Reliable recall is the most important thing to teach a dog, especially for emergencies like dog running out the door into the road, etc. Good Luck !