|Barked: Mon May 16, '05 5:19pm PST |
|This has helped me to learn, my mom and I learned it in school. Start on a 6 foot lead, just walking around together.... when the pup is distracted and not paying attention to you say it's name clearly... if you don't get an immediate response (turning and coming toward you) then give a quick tug on the leash and start walking backwards.... all the time saying good job, good job! Then give a small treat when the pup gets to you. Once your pup has gotten this one down you can get a longer lead... (our teacher reccomened getting a clothes line, which ususally comes in 50ft length, it's cheap and you can cut it into different lengths) and once you get a response all of the time on the longer lead you can put the lead down and let the dog wander.... then if you call and it doesn't come you can get the lead and pull them toward you.
One thing that our teacher really stressed (that I am not so good at) is only giving commands ONCE, if you repeat yourself then you are basically telling the dog it's ok to not do what you ask the first time. The other point that is pretty obvious, but overlooked sometimes, is making sure the dog knows how to be right... meaning that you give the dog positive attention when it does what you want; this is much more important than giving negative attention to behavior that you don't like. After all.. your dog just wants your attention and it will take what it can get, good or bad.
Good luck.... it's funny how much obedience is actually training us humans to communicate with our dog friends!
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