Having a dog that doesn’t come back when you call it is at best, annoying, and at worst, extremely dangerous. If you can’t let your dog off the lead without constantly worrying he or she will disappear, try these quick tips!
- 1. Keep the dog on a long line – a 30 or 40 foot lead attached to his harness is ideal, but any long lead will do. He can run free-er but you still have a hold of him. With a bit more freedom you can do some training and then out some new ideas
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- 2. Walk him where you know he can’t go too far - a friends garden, a fenced field or a tennis court are ideal – but wherever you go, make sure that distractions are minimal – he won’t be able to learn or respond if there’s too much else going on!
- 3. Motivate him! Find what your dog loves and supply it in plentiful quantities all the time he is near you or if comes back to you when you call him or of his own choice – it might be roast chicken, a ball, a big tickle – whatever your dog REALLY loves – try something new! Make sure he knows you have the goodies on your person!
- When he is a few feet from you - say the dog’s name once and a word that means come here – e.g. “Rover – Come!” say it with enthusiasm, clearly, loudly and as if you are slightly mad! DON’T KEEP SAYING HIS NAME! If you keep calling the dog and he keeps ignoring you, you are successfully training him that ignoring you is fine because you are going to just keep on calling until he decides to come back….. He has just trained you to wait for him. Ooops
- If it works and the dog comes to you – go crazy with those motivators! If it doesn’t then read on!
Getting the dog back without calling him again –
- 1. Hold your fist down low and shake it whilst moving backwards
- 2. Turn sideways as if about to run…..
- 3. Run on the spot……
- 4. Actually run away from the dog as fast as you can….
- 5. Whilst running – try singing at the top of your voice – you need to sound happy!
- 6. Use lots of excited expressions/ movements and high pitched and excitable voices
- 7. Crouch down facing the dog or lie on the floor!
- 8. Open your arms wide (the hand signal for recall)
- 9. Pretend to find something really interesting on the ground “Oh MY!!! What is THIS?!?”
- 10. Do Star Jumps! A hand stand! Run in circles!
- You get the idea – anything weird, exciting or unusual will pique your dogs curiosity and get him running back towards you at which point you – GO CRAZY WITH THE MOTIVATORS!
Whenever you call your dog you MUST reward him really well for coming to you – never scold him when he’s come back to you or he will quickly learn to avoid you more! As he starts to trust that great things ALWAYS happen whenever he comes, you can start to phase out rewards slightly, but always bear in mind that motivation is key!!!!
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