Friday, November 7, 2014

Teach your dog to come

"Come" is one of the most important commands your dog will learn. It not only makes your relationship with your dog easier, but it teaches your dog some obedience and may save your dog's life someday. Teach your dog to come on command using positive reinforcement methods.

1 Start with your dog on a leash in a quiet room or place with no distractions.

2 Find a treat that your dog really likes (like beef jerky, lamb, chicken, uncooked hot dogs or leftover meat scraps) The pieces should be bite size so the dog doesn't have to chew it and  can immediately associate the reward with coming to you.

3 Put your dog on a leash,show him a treat and say in a normal tone "[your dogs name], come." Do not yell or speak in an overly cute tone. Simply give the command.

4 Hold the treat as close to your body as possible and wait for your dog to come and get it. If he does not come immediately, use the leash to gently pull him over and give him the treat. As your dog accepts the treat reinforce the word association by stating "Good come" in a normal, but upbeat tone of voice.

5 Gradually increase the distance and add distractions as your dog improves.

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