Come command training

Dog doesn’t listen?

Question:Why does my dog seem to ignore commands?Answer:Ever look at the caller ID on your phone and think, “It’s so-and-so with more complaining–this time I’m not picking up…”?Like people, dogs are moved to action by what they associate with pain and pleasure. We will do anything to avoid pain and gain pleasure. Most likely, listening […]

by Tamar Geller
March 31st, 2011

Dog training and non-food rewards

Question:What can I use besides food as a training reward?Answer:The answer to this question is both easy and complicated–it really depends on your dog. An appropriate training reward is anything that your dog will work for in order to gain access to it, such as a chew toy, getting to go for a walk, petting, […]

by Sheila Segurson
March 31st, 2011

Make dog training fun?

Question:How do I get my dog to enjoy our training sessions?Answer:If you really think about it, training time is play time–training should be a fun experience for both you and your dog. Remember to keep your attitude light-hearted and consider this time together a part of the bonding experience. If your training sessions are fun […]

by Nicole Wilde
March 31st, 2011

Teach dog to come?

Question:What is the best way to teach my dog to come?Answer:Happily, it’s not as difficult as it seems. For starters, I recommend giving the cue “here” rather than “come.” The word “come” is used often in day-to-day conversation (come on, come here, come over, etc.) and it can easily lose meaning if your dog hears […]

by Pia Silvani
March 31st, 2011

Dog recall at the park?

Question:How can I get my dog to come when I call her at the dog park?Answer:The recall at a dog park is a pup’s ultimate challenge–there are so many intriguing distractions. And if she figures out that the word “come” usually means playtime’s over, she’ll be even less likely to obey. The trick to dog […]

by Kelly Dunbar
March 31st, 2011

Clicker training?

Question:What’s clicker training?Answer:Clicker training has been used for years to train marine mammals, and it’s very effective with dogs, too. All you need is a clicker–a small plastic box with a metal tab that clicks when you press it–and treats.Clicker training lets the dog know he’s doing what you want precisely when he does it […]

by Nicole Wilde
March 31st, 2011

Improve dog recall?

Question: My dog’s recall is pretty good, but when he sees a squirrel, I could have a steak in my hands and he’d ignore me. Any recommendations? Answer: Sure. First off, make sure you are setting your dog up for success and preventing squirrel chasing when possible, otherwise you’re making your job a lot harder. […]

by Leigh Siegfried
May 25th, 2009
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