Jun 132012
 

If you're the owner of a dog that won't come back when called then you may need to modify your approach. There may be many excuses for a dog not returning when asked which include lack of coaching, distraction or poor motivation. Recall is among the simplest things that can go bad in the relationship with our dogs. Conveniently it is also one of the quickest things to retrain if carried out properly. To make certain that a dog will come back when called you have to make it worth his while.

Initially you need to teach your dog what calling his name means. It may seem silly but some dogs won't ever have learned recall. You need to establish into your dog’s mind that when you call him then he must return to you.

You can practice this by beginning tiny. Ask your dog to sit then take 1 step away from him, and then simply say his name followed by come and give him a reward for taking the step towards you. This technique can be built up to extend distance continuously, yet you must always set the dog up to be successful by not asking too much too fast. There are numerous tricks and games you can use for recall improvement but they must all be positive and a good experience for the dog.

You must also motivate your dog to return to you. Put yourself in his mind for a moment and try and work out what's most inclined to get him running to you. If he likes toys then maybe it is a squeaky rubber animal that works best. If your dog likes food and nice treats then offer this for a great return.

Distractions could be the worst thing when learning how to train your dog to return. Start in a quiet area and only build up to calling him passed diversions when his recall is perfect in low distraction areas. If your dog is distracted he is going to be much less likely to return when called.

This draft attempts to help you to build a good and understanding relationship with your dog. Positive dog training is touched upon, alongside some information on how to train your dog using motivation. For more helpful information come visit The Dog Trick Academy.

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