|Barked: Sat Apr 27, '13 5:09am PST |
|Reward reward reward.
If she absolutely never ever comes to you, start in a quiet room with no distractions. Say her name and give her a very high-value treat. Keep sessions short(about five minutes) and interesting, and always end on a positive, happy note. After training sessions, I "jackpot" Lobo(that is, I provide him with three to four "free" treats at the end of the session). This will leave her excited for the next session. Working at her pace, gradually increase the distractions. For example, don't expect her to run to you after the first session if she's chasing a rabbit.
As others have said, make sure her recall cue is never associated with something negative. Lobo's recall is his name and/or a whistle, so I make sure when I say Lobo's name it's a good thing and means good things are happening(same thing with the whistle). Naturally, I'm not perfect, so I make mistakes. XD Mistakes are okay, as long as you learn from them and try to do better next time. Another idea that was given to me, was to teach them their recall in a variety of voices so that, even when your voice is stressed and angry, they're still happy to come to you because you used positive reinforcement to do so! (: I do this with Lobo's name since, as I said, I have made mistakes and I wanted to fix them while I'm still learning.
Good luck with your dog! (:
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