One of the most frustrating things for a dog owner is having a dog who won’t come when called. 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, we want them to come sprinting to us as fast as they can. But in order to achieve this, we must make our calling their name music to the dog’s ears. They must see it as something that results in a great reward.
3 Steps to Get a Dog to Come When Called
1. 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!
2. 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.
3. 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!
3-Step Dog Recall Formula
1. CALL your dog to you, then 2. REWARD him within two seconds, then immediately 3. 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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Free Dog Recall Tutorial
Doggy Dan has a terrific blog post where he talks at length about why dogs won’t come when called and how to solve it. It’s called, Recall Training for Dogs – The Science Behind Why Your Dog Ignores You.
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