How do I teach my dog to come when I call him?
Hi, Irene. Coming when called is probably the most important behavior to teach your dog as it could save him or her from danger. Remember that you are competing with the rest of the world for your dog's attention so always make it worthwhile. If you want a reliable recall you must train the cue with short distances and minimal distractions to begin and then add more distance and distractions gradually. Always have your dog on a long line when practicing so that he/she cannot just ignore you. Always reward with high value food and lots of happy praise and affection. Never scold your dog for taking too long to respond! Do not use your recall word when you think your dog will not respond. Do not call your dog to you and do something he/she dislikes (like trimming nails). If you use positive reinforcement and make coming to you always a good thing, your dog will think you are more rewarding than the rest of the world. Playing hide and seek is a great game to play to keep a reliable recall by making it fun for your dog. Happy training! | 05.10.16 @ 20:26