Steve Cote

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.

Jun 012012
 

Any dog tutor will make it obvious that certain dog breeds are more likely to develop recall Problems than others. This is due to instinctive reactions in our family pets. Dogs with working heritage based around retrieval of wild animals or game birds, can become so engrossed in a chase or hunt for wildlife that they present non-existent recall.

Luckily with positive dog training strategies, incentive and reward it is generally possible to train recall into most dog breeds. The dog must learn that you as the handler are much more engaging and rewarding than the distraction presented. Dogs of the same breed can present particular recall Problems that may generally be modified using similar methodologies.

The terrier with his instinct to chase and dig will present recall Problems if not correctly trained. Dogs including the standard Yorkie, Jack Russell terrier and patterdale terrier can find it terribly difficult to ignore their instinct. The terrier owner can wait for a long time for an instinct awakened dog to return, some terriers will chase until they literally pass out. It is a risk that by following this instinctive reaction the terrier can get lost.

The Labrador with his spotty interest in people and other dogs can present wholly different recall Problems. Friendly and excited the teen Labrador that is not trained can ignore the handler. His exuberance may cause him jumping all over other dogs and folks in the park, but he won't frequently run away into the distance with intention of escape.

It is going to be extremely handy to do some breed research when learning how to train your dog to come when called. With such research you can work out the nicest thing to galvanize his return. For example a terrier would possibly not be interested in a biscuit, but a squeaky toy could appeal to precisely the instinct that he is trying to satisfy with the chase.

Discover more about how to train your dog to come, and the success and advantages of positive dog training by visiting The Dog Trick Academy.