Q: Puppy Training
I just rescued 2 wonderful puppies (brothers) - needless to say they did not have a lot of structure and balance in their early weeks, however training is going well...BUT I can not get them to come when I call! I am currently using the clicker method for training - but no matter the yummy treat or fun toy I use on return - that butterfly or neighbor or piece of grass (are you getting the picture) has more pull! :-) I could probably have these puppies doing my taxes by the end of the year with how well the training is going and how quickly they pick up on new things - however the simple command of return when called is proving to be harder to teach than I ever could have imagined. Can anyone out there help with some suggestions?? What am I doing wrong??
Sep 07, 2008
Figure out who is the ring leader and who is the follower. Start working with the ring leader seperate, then the follower seperate. Make sure you are feeding two times a day and not leaving food out. A little bit hungry dog is more willing to work for food. At first, make sure you have the dog on a 20 foot long line when you work the come command so you can direct where you want him to go. Start verbal praising as soon as the dog starts to come towards you. Increase your verbal praise as the dog gets closer. Don't over train the come command and never use the command to call him to you to correct him. Make sure you are using a high value treat that your dogs love and that you only use for the come command. Fried liver works good, but it will make your house smell as it cooks. If they are old enough, have then neutered.
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Sep 07, 2008
Start teaching the recall (come command) just short distances without distractions. Gradually increase your distance and slowly add distractions. Do not try calling your dog in from the backyard with a formal command until you have practiced it hundreds (if not thousands) of times and are absolutely positive they know the command.
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