One of the most common problems people have with their dog is: “my dog doesn’t come when I call”. So this article is about: How to train a dog to come when called
Of all dog training exercies training the recall is one of the funniest of them all. This is because we all do so much completely wrong! Let us take a look at it.
This is what we want our dog to: When we call our dog “come Buster” we want Buster to come running to us as fast as he possibly can.
The best way to acheive this is to make “come Buster” the best command he can possibly think of. This is easily done by giving Buster a great reward every time he is coming back to you.
So here are some useful tips on how to do it!
Never ever call your dog to tell her off! If you do this you can undo weeks and weeks of work training your dog to come simply by telling her off just once. Because from your dog’s point of view coming suddenly becomes a bad move. Coming to you should be a good experience.
An important thing to add here is that some people call their dogs many, many times and when the dog finally comes they tell her of for not coming right away. There is no way a dog could understand this logic. A dog stays on the last thing it did, so it will think you are angry because it came when you called.
Soo 9 times out of 10 you should make sure that your dog has a good experience when she comes if you call her. If you do need to put a leash on your dog on the 10th recall then do so. Once your dog has learned the command; come when called this will no longer be an issue.
When you call your dog to come to, sort of see it more like you are calling your dog to check in with you rather than calling her to stop her from what she is doing.
If you are unsure then use a long line to control your dog. This is a long piece of line or rope that can be as long as you think you need and it lies on the ground but you should keep it within reach!
If your dog hates returning to the car then you reward your dog back at the car with some water and a small feed and things will soon change! Then suddenly returning to the car seems like a good option. I have friend who’s veterinarian did this when he and his dog were there for the first time. He gave the dog a little treat and from then on going to the veterinarian was positive experience and they never had any problems when they had to go there.
The basic formula to a good recall training is:
CALL your dog to come to you, then
REWARD your dog within 2 seconds and then you right away
RELEASE your dog.
So to make your dog enjoy the experience of coming back to you should learn how to use the power of affection and attention by withholding it and only giving it as a reward. This is one of the most powerful tools available when training our dogs and yet we get it all so wrong by giving the dog lots of attention whenever they want it and wondering why they don’t come when we call them!
As with most dog training the procedure is quite simple, if you how to do it. Like always when training a dog, you first need to establish yourself as the packleader. It is very hard to train a dog if it does not see you as its leader. However when your dog look up to you as its leader then it will be easy to make it obey and change will happen quickly.
You can find a video on how to make your dog come when called and also a course on how to become the packleader at The Online Dogtrainer. I have made a review on this program and find it absolutely excellent.