It is important for you to teach your dog how to come to you when you call him/her. before proceeding further, it makes sense for you to learn just why your dog won’t come to you when you call him/her. Keep in mind that your dog does not automatically know what the right behavior is and they are also not born knowing why they should come to you when you call them. Here is a brief look at how you can train your dog to come here when you call him/her.
Overcome unreliable behavior
It is important for you to understand that unless you teach your dog to come, he/she will behave in an unreliable manner which is not what you want. When you start teaching your dog to come, you need to first of all do it the right way and second, you need to do it consistently. More importantly, you need to teach your dog with the right intensity and without distractions.
Not an easy task
Teaching your dog to come is not an easy task and so it makes sense for you to start the learning process in small steps. Be sure to start slowly and use different learning principles. It is important that you teach your dog to associate the command COME with coming to you. Also, do not immediately after giving the command COME reprimand your dog if it fails to come. They may start associating the reprimand with the command COME and will not learn the true meaning. At the same time, try and avoid aversive punishment techniques that physically and psychologically intimidate your dog. This is a real no-no and should be avoided at all times.
Introduce your dog to desirable behavior
The first thing you need to do is introduce your dog to the desired behavior and also teach him the cue word. To introduce the cue, make sure your dog does something he/she wants and then reward him/her for doing the desired action. Repeat the cue a few times so that your dog learns to associate the cue COME with coming to you. Try and teach this in an environment that is free of all distractions and repeat the cue a few times for best results.
Continue lessons with distractions
Once your dog learns to come on command, you may want to continue teaching him/her with some distractions. Before you start this, you need to prime your dog. Let your dog do what it wants to do and then give it the command COME. If he/she responds in the desired manner, reward it. If your dog does not respond correctly, you may need to wait longer or you can move him/her away from the distractions. Patience pays and keep in mind that this step is crucial to your training efforts.
It is also a good idea for you to teach your dog to make eye contact with you. Whenever he/she does, you should reward it and later, you can increase the amount of time the dog makes eye contact before rewarding him/her. If he/she is unresponsive, you will need to adjust in order to achieve desired results.
The bottom line is you can teach your dog to come, if you first introduce him/her to the command and then once he/she responds properly, you can continue the lesion in an environment with distractions. Once he/she is trained, it will become more interested in you than the environment.
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