DD Pets: Make your dog come back when you call

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 July 25, 2016
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One of the questions I often get is why my dog not come back when it’s called?

Firstly as always you will have to teach your dog to come back when it’s called as he just more than likely has found something more interesting than trying to figure out why you are calling him.

It’s best to consult a professional for this as it is a step by step process.

Here are a few tips of what to do and what not to do.

What to do?

Always reward your dog for coming back even if it’s taken longer than expected. You want your dog thinking coming back to you is way better than sniffing the ground up ahead.

When your dog does come back you can play a game put the lead on your dog then let it straight back off the lead again. This will ensure your dog doesn’t predict home time.

If you are really struggling to get your dog back and haven’t taught a recall. I would suggest make some loud noises and run in the opposite direction. When your dog gets closer to you run away from your dog creating the game of chase only he is trying to catch you this will really help with getting your dog to want to come back to you.

Always have a long lead on your dog when teaching recalls that way if he doesn’t come back you can always grab the long lead and start again.

Ask yourself what motivates my dog and use that to get your dog to come back. Motivating your dog will make life easier for both of you.

What not to do?

Firstly do not run after your dog. This will either frighten your dog or he will think it’s a big game of chase.
Roaring at your dog isn’t going to help much either your dog more than likely will look at you and decide its better off going nowhere near that angry looking person shouting at it.

If you for some reason your dog has ran away and you finally catch it do not be angry as your dog will try harder next time not to get caught.

When teaching your dog to come back its best to avoid only using recalls to put the lead on your dog as many dogs will know the fun is over if they go back to you as they associate the lead with going home. So alternate the times your dog comes back that you actually use the lead and never let your dog associate coming back with going home.

If you are still really struggling then seek help from a certified professional.

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