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|08-13-2010, 12:50 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Training questions in general
I have had Sadie for 1 year as of tomorrow. She is 1 year and 2 months old. I know that you can't rely on them to be fully potty trained until 1 ( that's what her breeder said) but she is past that now. We have had issues with her forever, since about June she has been good, off and on. Sometimes she will go out and poop on her own, she will poop inside depending sometimes once a week. The pee is about 99% trained, sometimes she just pees inside for no reason. Now, I leave the screen open ( it's broken so she can get out) so he goes right out but my question is what can I do so she knows hot to tell me she needs out? Yesterday she literally scratched until I opened the door but this isn't 100%. Any advice on the door thing would be great. She also never comes when called. Ever. She responds to her name but never comes. She backs off and runs. Any advice is great! I know the training is taking so long because I've gotten lazy in the past since I'm used to golden retrievers who are practically trained at 3 months.
Thank you in advance!
|08-13-2010, 03:28 PM||#2|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
A lots of people on here have had luck with a bell... but I don't use them, my guy is indoor trained to go on a grid, so we don't do outside bathroom trips.
Kendra & Harley
Harley, you are the light in my life, love you baby!
|08-13-2010, 07:18 PM||#3|
Action Jackson ♥
Join Date: Dec 2008
Coming when called is so super important. I am still working with Jackson continually. He used to be off leash a lot more, once he turned 1 years old, he became a lot less reliable. We live on 3 acres with no fence. He has gotten out a few times when a door has been left open (grrrr... stepdad's doing!) He doesn't typically dart, he just kinda walks out like "oh, cool, a door is open" and goes exploring, lol. The last 3 times he's gotten out, he's come right back to me so I think our training has been working. However, for the last year, he hasn't really been allowed off leash at ALL outside of a fence, only the 50 foot line.
I try to use a REALLY rewarding treat like hot dog, cheese, chicken, steak, etc when practicing coming when called. I bought a 50foot training lead (Petsmart has these for around $10-$12) and I let him go all the way out 50 feet and then call him to me... so it's almost like he's off leash, but IF he happened to run off, he's still safe at the end of that 50 feet. I also found he responds better to "here" than "come". I don't know why. So you can try different words and phrases.
Also, I read once on here you should have ONE command that's an odd word not used in daily convo, like "Jackpot!" or something that means it's *really* important to come. Train it over and over but once learned, don't overuse it. A word that means he really MUST come.
I'm lucky that my dad has a big fenced in yard and we have a nice dog park. Both are nice places to practice recall. I always keep a few treats in my pocket at the dog park and will randomly say "Jackson, here!" and he responds 90% of the time now at the dog park (with lots of distractions). It's been a nice place to incorporate training.
Basically: Practice, practice, practice! Don't use the word "come" or "here" if you know they are NOT going to come. Set them up for success. If you overuse any word, they become 'immune' to it and don't really understand the meaning behind the word. If you keep saying "Come!" and they're not coming... that word is worthless. ONLY say 'come!' when you know they are going to, or after they do.
Here's a good article:
Dog Emergency Recall Command
This Youtube account has amazing videos and she is making a whole series about recall and coming when called. She's got around 10 videos right now of games you can play.
YouTube - pamelamarxsen's Channel
~ Brit & Lights! Camera! Jackson! CGC ETD TKP ~
|08-13-2010, 07:44 PM||#4|
♥ Maximo and Teddy
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Britster offered excellent advice. I wanted to add that if you are having difficulty inside your home with getting Sadie to come to you, make sure that you don't call her only for things that are undesirable or uninteresting. For instance, don't tell her to come only when you want to do something like clip her nails. Make sure you intersperse a few calls to come to you for something desirable like a small treat or a pat on the head.
I have to do that with Max, otherwise he plays hard to get.
|08-14-2010, 10:23 AM||#5|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cape Cod,MA
A good solution instead of scratching is ringing a bell next to the door and by training her to get to do that everytime she is at the door scratching you should ring the bell for a while and then stop and once you are done ringing you open the door and lead her right to her potty spot. After repetition and not being lazy(!), which will help you in the long run your dog will be getting better in no time! good luck!
Last edited by Meghan1007; 08-14-2010 at 10:25 AM.