What Happens When Wolfie Won't Come to Me in The Back Yard?

It always happens that when ever I need to get Wolfie in from the back yard, he never comes.  I really think it is a game to see how long he can stay away from me and he finally goes in the house when he is fully amused...




See Wolfie way back there?  There is no way that I am getting him in the house any time soon...

The best solution to this is to teach Wolfie to "come".  The only problem is that is going to take you about five weeks to get him to come to you every time you tell him.  We need something now to get him in while he is in "come school".  

Let's first understand what is really happening with you and Wolfie and then find a temporary solution.  You walk outside and yell "come" to Wolfie.  He doesn't understand what that means, but you have gained his attention.  You yell "come" again and become more animated.  He still stares at you, finding you an amusing distraction.  You now become agitated and approach him quickly.  Now Wolfie sees that we are in a game of "follow the leader".  Since you are approaching him, he will take off and engage in the role of the leader.  The whole point of the game is to have you chase him while he avoids you.  The faster you go, the faster he avoids.  Even if you stop and walk back towards the house, he will come after you and turn away at the last second to try and reengage the game.

As you can see, this is a loosing battle that you just can't win.  So what do you need to do to get him in the house if he doesn't understand "come"?  You must find a way where you will remain calm, disengaging, and not directly approaching Wolfie.  If you do this, you will not be "telling" Wolfie that you want to play.

Here is what you do:  (I really love this little trick!)

  • Put a 10 foot leash on Wolfie when he is outside.  Let him run around with it so that it becomes uninteresting to him.  Eventually, he won't even know that it is there.
  • When you want to get Wolfie in the house, be very calm and slowly approach the handle end of the leash (10 feet away from Wolfie).  
  • You are not directly approaching him so you are not sending the "play" signal to him.
  • If Wolfie begins to move or run, do not speed up or become animated.  Watch the end of the leash and slowly move towards it.
  • If you need to, pause for a minute.  Many times Wolfie will come towards you, bringing the leash with him.
  • Once you are at the handle end of the leash, simply put your foot on it.  Now you have him.
  • Pick up the leash (keeping your foot on the leash until you have the handle firmly in your hand).
  • Give Wolfie the "come" command and give the leash a little tug until he is at your side.
  • Give him the "walkies" command and calmly walk him back to the house.
I have "captured" crazy Goldens in 1/2 acre back yards using this exact method.  Give it a try and I am sure you will love it.  For more information, please contact us at The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

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