How To Train A Dog To Come Easily? It is not a fact of nature that dogs come when called. You will surprised how their personalities differ much like our own and they choose to obey, be rebellious, or just give in to some mischief before they let you have your way. How do you make a dog come when you call to them?
- Obviously, we are referring to your own dog not someone else’s let alone a stray.
- The question that needs to be asked first is why dogs refuse to come when called. There must be a reason, knowing which you can counter with the right technique.
- Dogs are not born with the idea of obedience. They are, much like their wolf originators, free-spirited. Teaching a discipline to them needs to start young, if you can rely on them coming when called.
- There is no guarantee the method about to be shared will work but it will maximize your chance of success.
- Intensity and practice are crucial. If they are off in any way, you can try this times ten and it will not work; your dog just will not care.
- Distractions are a big problem factor in determining canine obedience. Aside from this, if the dog has made problematic associations with the words ‘come here’ it will refuse to obey. For instance, if you are simply going to punish it in any way after it arrives the dog will not come next time he/she is called. It has made a negative association with the words.
- Any ‘intensity’ you bring to bear on your pet needs to be more joy-oriented than not. Psychologically and/or physically traumatizing behavior from you is not the right approach in any training situation.
- Create a setup where the dog performs as you wish and gets rewarded for it. Doggy treats are perfect for this. Throw the treat across from you a short distance and when the dog rushes to get it and turns, say ‘come here’.
- Repeat this appropriately so the dog learns to associate the words with a treat reward only if it comes when called not otherwise. Pet them and say ‘good boy’ or ‘good girl’ to instill the training when they do it right. There should be no distractions in the environment during this stage.
- After this stage comes a similar setting only with distractions coming into play. Attach a lead to your pet, take a clicker devicer, and head outdoors. Stand where traffic is moving, people walking, other dogs present, and so on; not too much or too many, mind you.
- When your pet makes eye contact with you while standing before you, use the clicker once and reward them with a doggy treat; positive associations. Move if required so your dog can freely perform a ‘check-in’ (eye contact) with you. Let the dog check in all on his/her own with no encouragement from you. The more frequently the dog checks in with you, the better the exercise is working.
- Eye contact is also going to help you build successful pet recalls amidst distractions. In this exercise, you cue the canine to look at you and when they do, use the clicker and reward them. Increase the time eye contact is sustained between rewards; this is you taking it up a notch.
- If the environment has something more rewarding or fascinating than your doggy treats, various reasons can be attributed to it. It is not your dog’s fault (it is only natural), so move away to another slightly less-distracting spot. Over time, you can move back to the more distracting spot(s) and repeat the exercise.
After plenty of practice, continue drills without the leash. You will notice the dog is more interested in you than the outdoor environment. You can even do this minute after the initial stage. Let your pet explore and then bend on your knees a bit and emphatically call to your dog (a little exagerration is alright); click and reward.
If your pet is not too comfortable with the outdoors or is unresponsive to you, use a long leash when performing the drills. You can gently tug on the lead when you want their attention. Use ‘release’ words to send the dog back exploring, call and then reward them when they come make eye contact; rise and repeat.
Taking your time with your pet with these methods helps instill love, understanding, responsibility, and a desire for him or her to obey your cue of ‘come here’. If you stress out your dog with frustration, anger, oir impatience, they will simply lose respect for you as their master who is supposed to care for them.