I have talked about this before, but because so many of my clients seem to need "refreshing" on this subject, I wanted to talk about it again.
Dogs learn through consistent, repetitive association. They learn that A always equals B. When I hear this sound or see that hand action, I always do something. "Always" does not mean sometimes. When you tell Wolfie to come, he must always come. If you don't provide this type of learning environment, it won't work, or take a really, really, really long time.
Here is what you do:
- Put a leash on Wolfie. See Wolfie above? Guess what, he has a leash on!
- Hold the leash, step back to the end of the leash, and go to your knees.
- Now, say Come. If he doesn't come, give a little tug on the leash to guide him in your direction.
- When he reaches you, praise him for doing the right thing.