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Friday, August 3, 2012

Let's Get Serious about Getting Wolfie to Come

Why is it the more I try and work with Wolfie to come, it seems that he only comes when he feels like it?  It feel like every time I really, really want him to come, he doesn't feel like it...


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.
Guess what just happened!  You said "come" and Wolfie came to you.  If Wolfie didn't come to you, you gave him a little tug on the leash and he came to you.  A sound (command) resulted in a unique and consistent action.  That is how Wolfie learns and that is the method you used to teach him.

Until Wolfie will come to you every time you give the come command without your need to guide him with a gentle tug, do not say "come" if you don't have the leash.  This opens up the possibility that he won't come to you and you will no longer be consistent.  For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

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