One of the most frustrating things for a dog owner is having a dog who won’t come when you call him. Not only is this annoying, but it can also be a safety concern if the dog is heading for danger, and you can’t call him back.
When we call our dog, “Here, Abby!” we want Abby to come sprinting to us as fast as she can. But in order to achieve this, we must make “Here, Abby!” music to the dog’s ears – she must see it as something that results in a great reward.
Make sure your dog has a pleasant experience when he comes when you call. Put a few small treats in your coat pocket, for example, and give one each time the dog obeys your call. After several repetitions, the dog will begin to see that coming to you when called pays off!
Do not call your dog if you are going to scold or yell at him when he comes. You can undo months of hard work training your dog to come by doing this just once, because in the dog’s mind, coming to you now means punishment.
Get your dog to see that coming back is worth it. If your dog hates returning to the car, reward him as soon as he gets back to the car with water and a small treat and things will soon turn around!
Here is The Basic Formula
CALL your dog to you, then REWARD him within two seconds, then immediately RELEASE him. Keep doing this and your dog will be convinced that coming when called will always be a positive experience.
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If you have more tips on how to get your dog to come when called, please comment below. And please, let me know what you think of Doggy Dan! Debra
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