By Jane from Cheshire, UK
Once you can walk away about l0 feet and he stays, attach a leash or rope long enough for you to get away from him about 8 to 10 feet. Have him sit - stay then command him to come and pull till he is in front of you then sit - stay and reward him when he even gets part of it right.
You have to be consistent and always follow the same commands so you don't confuse the pup. The only fly in the ointment is not keeping up with the lessons once learned once in a while to keep them well behaved.
Source: My deceased ex-father-in-law trained dogs for a living the old way.
By gbk from South GA
What are some good tips for teaching a dog to come? This dog has crossed eyes, so her vision is impaired.
She can still "come" to the sound of your voice. The key here is to reward her. Keep her leash on her. Say "come". Pull her gently to you. Reward her with a treat. Do this 2 or 3 times per day for 3 minutes each time. Soon she'll respond to your command without the leash.
My Lhasa Apso does not come when called. We have tried everything we can find. She is very stubborn when she wants to be.
Try having a treat for her when you call her. And never ever scold when she does come, no matter how long it took or how upset with her. Always make her glad that she came. She will start coming when called more and more often. And if you keep up the praise and treats, she will begin to come every time you call. After a period of time you can cut back on the treats, but always keep up the praise.
I have a very smart 7 month old Border Collie. I can get her to do all kinds of tricks and commands, but she refuses to come when called. She is in her own little world with nose to the ground and it seems like she does not hear me, but I know her hearing is fine. Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.
By Dianne D.
Those cattle dogs are extremely smart dogs & sometimes they know what you want them to do but they just ignore you too! Our little dog, Lightning, is a Queensland Healer & Corgi mix(looks like a short-legged queenie) & she's always learned everything very fast - if she wants to! She will always come when I tell her to because she knows I mean business (she's even trained not to look at us when we're eating) & she'd do anything for my youngest - but she will ignore everyone else in the family because she knows she can get away with it! LOL!
I think the best thing for you to do is not to try to get her to come when she's outside checking everything out. Wait till she's inside, calm & ready to listen. Get her attention & ask her to "come" in a firm voice, or a tone you don't use in normal conversation or play(then she'll recognize that tone when you use it in commands). Sometimes it helps to pat the floor when you tell her to come. When she does come to you, tell her she's a good girl,praise her & pet her.
It does help to use treats at 1st, but you don't want to train her to expect a treat every time, or she won't come if you don't have one. You can move away from her, or wait til she oves away, then issue the command again. It might take her a few times to figure it out, but I bet it won't be long. Once she understands & obeys the commands, you can try it outside, but wait until she has a chance to explore outside & run off her energy before you start, or she'll ignore you again.
One thing I've been very firm on with Lightning is that she is not allowed out the front door unless I give her permission & then she'd better come when I tell her to because if she doesn't, she has time-out in her bed(this is for her own safety because we live on a busy street with stray dogs). But then if my husband lets her out, she runs all over our yard & the neighbors before coming back! These dogs are so smart, I think my son could train our dog to do anything! I think I've seen training books on how to work with this type of dog, you might look for them if you need more help.
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