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|11-10-2010, 10:44 AM||#1|
YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
I have a HUGE problem with Fiona not comming when I call her....I would really love for her to not have to be on a leash at all times when we are out in our yard, since we do live on a very non busy street, and the end of the street, so she enjoys running with our other dog, honey...however, she doesn't understand what COME seems to mean.......I have tried everything, praising her with treats, i just dont know what else to do....maybe i'm not being consistant with the training!?
Mom to Fiona Marie
|11-10-2010, 06:55 PM||#2|
Action Jackson ♥
Join Date: Dec 2008
I've posted this a lot lately, lol, so I'm just going to copy/paste what I wrote in previous threads.
Coming when called is sooo super important and probably one of the hardest things to teach, to a terrier anyways. That's what I've found. It all depends individually on each dog but terriers are known to be harder to off leash train because of their instincts.
I am still working with Jackson continually. He used to be off leash a lot more, but once he turned 1 years old, he became a lot less reliable because I never formally taught a solid recall. 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. He used to just stay close to my moms dog so I never taught him officially how to be off leash, but once she died, no longer.
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. I say "Jackson, here!"
I'm lucky that my dad has a big fenced in yard and we also 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 REALLY well most of the time now at the dog park (with lots of distractions). It's been a nice place to incorporate training. As well as our agility class.
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
The key is making YOU be exciting. Make it so your dog wants to come to you, and has fun while doing it. There's also a few things you can do in emergency situations like get on the ground, so that your dog looks at you and is curious as to what you are doing and comes over to explore. I saw this on It's Me or the Dog.
Basically, it takes practice. Jackson is a really well trained dog and I honestly think he'd probably be fine off leash but I still don't really purposely risk it. He does his agility classes all off leash and sticks by me for the entire hour class, so it gives me confidence. I take him to a big open beach with my aunt where her dog goes off leash but I keep him on the 50ft line still... I think he'd probably be okay but I'M too nervous. I think I just want to be 100 percent confident. I'm at about 99 percent right now.
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|11-10-2010, 08:06 PM||#3|
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: St. Louis, MO
Hey Brit, maybe Admin can make it a sticky! It seems to be quite popular lately.
Dianne Toby Speedy
|11-11-2010, 04:58 AM||#4|
Join Date: Nov 2009
I failed in training Sandy to 'come' when we're out taking a walk but my DH did it. They practise a lot, twice a day for a few weeks. Now we're confident to let Sandy walking off leash in the park. If we think he's 'too far' from us, we will tell him to 'Wait' or 'Come'.