|Barked: Fri Jul 2, '10 6:58pm PST |
|Thunder & Muffy Mouse, thank you so much for joining this group. I will now tell you how to train your dog's to come when called.
1. Grab the clicker, some treats, and your pooch.
2. Sit on the floor and try to coax your dog over to you. When she comes, click and treat. (Don't try to coax your dog with treats. Hide the treats until she's completed each task - then click and treat.)
3. Get up, move and try again. Click and treat. Repeat several times.
4. Next, call the dog by her name when she is in another room. Try this at unexpected times during the day. Always click and treat when your dog responds. If she doesn't respond, don't give her a second chance. Let your dog see you put away the clicker and treats.
5. Next, try using helpers sitting in different areas of a room. Have your helpers call your dog's name one at a time. When she reasches the helper, you click and the helper treats. This activity can be a lot of fun for children.
6. Practive callling your dog back and forth between two people outdoors. If your dog loves to bolt, put her on a long leash for safety while you click and treat.
7. If your dog has been ignoring "come" for years, a reliable recall may take weeks to learn. For a puppy, it might just take a couple of days. Be patient and stay calm. If you find that your dog is not responding at all - try ignoring him. If that fails, ut away your clicker and treats. He'll get the message that the fun is over.
8. To maintain the behavior over time, you don't always need to click and treats. Sometimes if you call to your dog and he responds - letting him off the leash to chase squirrels would be a great reward!
When my dog's come back in, I always give them a treat. You can also shake the treat bag to get your dog back inside, and as soon as they hear the treat bag shake, they'll come right up.