More Tips For Training Your Dog To Come On Command

Training Your Dog To Come When Called! One of the greatest joys of owning a dog is to be able to go for a walk in the park and let him run, knowing he will come when you call. Dogs that do not come when called are prisoners of the leash and, if loose, a danger to themselves and others. If your dog does not come when called, you don’t have a reliable dog. Below are five tips to help you teach this command to your pet:

1. Exercise. Many dogs do not come when called because they do not get enough physical exercise. When they do get the chance, they run off and make the most of it by staying out for hours at a time. Every morning your dog wakes up with plenty of energy and the need to exercise. If that energy is not used up, it will transform itself into other behaviors, the most common of which are barking, chewing, digging, and running away or not coming when called. Consider what your dog was bred to do, and that will tell you how much exercise is needed. A few turns around the backyard is not enough. You will need to participate. Also keep in mind that taking the dog for a daily walk or jog is as good for you as it is for him!

2. Be nice to your dog whenever he comes to you. One of the quickest ways to teach your dog not to come to you is to call him and then when he comes, punish or do something he perceives as unpleasant. Many dogs consider being given a bath unpleasant. When he needs one, go get him instead of calling him to you. Another example of unintentionally teaching your dog not to come is to go for a run in the park and call him to you when it’s time to go home. Repeating this sequence several times teaches the dog that fun is over! Soon, he may become reluctant to return to you when called because he is not yet ready to end the fun. You can prevent this kind of unintentional training by calling him to you several times during the outing, sometimes giving him a treat, sometimes just a pat on the head, and then letting her play again.

3. Teach your dog to come when called as soon as you bring him home, no matter how young he is. Ideally, you acquired your pet as a puppy, which is the best time to teach him to come when called. Start right away. But remember, sometime between the fourth and eighth months of age, your puppy will begin to realize that there is a big world out there. While going through this stage, it is best to keep him on leash so that he does not learn to ignore you when you call.

4. When in doubt, keep your dog on leash. Learn to anticipate when he is likely not to come. You may be tempting fate trying to call once he has spotted a cat, another dog or a jogger. Of course, there will be times when you make a mistake and let him go just as another dog appears out of nowhere. Resist the urge to say “Come” over and over again. The more often you holler “Come,” the quicker he learns to ignore you when off leash. Instead, patiently go and put him on leash. Do not get angry once you have caught him or he will become afraid of you. He will then run away when you try to catch him the next time.

5. Make sure that your dog always comes to you and lets you touch the collar before you reward with a praise or a treat. Touching the collar prevents the dog from developing the annoying habit of playing “Catch” which means coming toward you and then dancing around you, just out of reach.

Come On Command: Some Advanced Theories On Teaching Your Dog To Come When Called

[Adam’s note: Remember, the difference between using food as a bribe versus using food as a motivator: As a bribe, you’re bribing the dog to do the behavior, and if he does… then he’ll get a cookie. Bad, bad, bad. Instead, use the food as a motivator by MAKING THE DOG do the exercise, and then after the exercise is complete, you can reward with praise and a cookie… if this is what motivates your dog.]

Wscott52 on our discussion forum made this excellent post: “I think for most people, the long line is basic recall training. This was my method with personal pets long before I read Adam’s book.

This method is based on my understanding of operant conditioning learned while earning a BA in Psychology. Start with the dog on the leash in an open area with minimal distractions. Call the dog and pull him toward you with the leash. When he reaches you praise him and reward him with a treat. The reward and praise have to follow the completion of the desired behavior immediately.

Soon the dog will turn to you at the recall without being prompted by the leash. When he is turning on his own wait for a moment after calling him to give him time to obey. If he comes give him praise and reward, if he stops after turning issue the recall again and gently pull him in with the leash When he is coming 100% reliably you need to start weaning him off the food reward.

A 100% reinforcement schedule is the fastest way to condition a new behavior. A behavior learned this was will also be the fastest to extinguish if you go from 100% reward directly to 0%. The key is to gradually wean him off the treats. Go to 50% reward for behavior and then after several sessions go to 1/3, then 1/4, 1/5. At some point where you are rewarding for only one in five or six trials you should go to a decreasing random reinforcement schedule. In other words reward after five trials but the next time wait for maybe eight then five or four again. Eventually you can wean him to 0% food reinforcement. You want to keep verbal praise going throughout.

The conditioning resulting from a gradual random decrease in the food reward will be the most persistent you can achieve. Eventually it will extinguish but if you occasionally give him a treat when calling him he should come reliably indefinitely. Also at some point during this process if he is coming 100% reliably you will start letting him drag the leash and only pick it up if he fails to recall. At this point too if you want to you can introduce him to an ecollar and do away with the long line.”

Dog Training Commands: How To Talk So Your Dog Understands

Everything in language (including “Dog-lish” — the international dog training language) is based on associations. And even if we have prior associations with a word, if those associations are not maintained properly, then the word will lose it’s meaning– or association. Or it can take on a different association.

Ever been in a relationship where the words, “I love you” no longer hold any meaning? In some parts of the world, you can tell a person, “Go jump in a lake” [insert local expletive] … and the response will garner a chuckle and some back-slapping and maybe a complimentary beer. Whereas in other parts of the world, those same words may garner a challenge to a duel. Here’s my advice: Start consciously designing the words you use with your dog TODAY, and consistently attach the associations you want with those words so your dog will learn in a few days– or sometimes– in only a few minutes–that your commands (your words) have meaning.

Now, you may be wondering about tonation? The tone is of minor importance. As a general rule, you should use high tones for praise and lower tones for commands and correction words. But I can say “No!!!” in a low throaty growl, and if I toss your dog a piece of filet mignon, I can guarantee that by the end of the session, you can do your best to sound low and “growly” … and your dog will still wag his tale and smile at you and bounce around happily, thinking that he’s just done the ‘right thing.’ Because “No!” means … YIPPIE! I get steak!!! So– you need to tug on the leash, firmly, after you say “No!” EVERYTIME… in order to create a negative association with the word, “NO” so that your dog understands and associates what you want to communicate.