Coming When Called – Hot Tips and Pitfalls

Coming when called

Three Hot Tips

  1. Always reward your dog for coming to you, whether by praise, food, playing with a toy or all three.
  2. Release your dog (for example by saying “off you go”) after rewarding her for coming – and do this many, many times, rather than just calling your dog at the end of a walk.
  3. Unless you are very sure your puppy will come when you call – don’t call,. You will only be teaching her to ignore being called. Wait until you can get your puppy’s attention and do something to attract her to you.

Main Pitfalls

  1. Avoid calling your puppy repeatedly, when there is nothing you can do to make her come to you. This teaches her to ignore you.
  2. Avoid calling and then accidentally punishing your dog – by grabbing her, putting the lead on ending her play,. This teaches her to avoid you, and specifically to avoid coming close enough to be handled.
  3. Avoid chasing your puppy – this will tend to make her run away. Instead, wait until she looks at you, then try running away to attract her to you.

About transformational1

I have many interests and I have had a varied career. I am a semi-retired professional dog trainer, specialising in the use of positive reinforcement. I do some consultations, I run instructor workshops and I am setting up a Dogs and Psychotherapy Research Project. I have a law degree from Melbourne University (but have never practiced) and I am passionate about Human Rights. My first degree was in Sociology. I worked as a social researcher on issues such as low income housing, women's refuges and women in the workforce. I live in an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and I have a German Shepherd called Chance.
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