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    Thumbs up How NOT to teach your dog to come!

    This is a great blog post with some real food for thought! Which of us hasn't done this at some point -- maybe even regularly (eg heading home from the park) -- and then wondered why our dog is so poor at recall...?

    HOW TO TEACH YOUR DOG NOT TO COME
    August 19th, 2009 by Nicole Wilde
    How to Teach Your Dog NOT to Come When Called

    Call your dog to you, then give him a bath. Or clip his nails, your choice; just be sure to pick the one he really, really hates.

    Take your dog someplace he loves to go, like the park, or to play with a friend’s dog. Wait until he’s really having fun, then call him to you. Immediately load him in the car and drive him home.

    This one works especially well for small dogs: Call your dog to you, then swoop down on him with both arms, making sure to look as frightening as possible as you pick him up. Now, that might not stop him from coming to you altogether, but it pretty much guarantees that he’ll stop just out of arm’s reach.

    Call your dog, then immediately put him away somewhere (crate, behind a gate) and leave, preferably for a full day. A great choice for dogs who hate to be left alone.

    Now, how many people do you think have trained their dogs NOT to come doing one or more of the above?
    http://dogstardaily.com/blogs/how-te...r-dog-not-come
    Karlin
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    What a timely post!!! Lately Jake hasn't been coming when I call him (big surprise it's Jake ) so I rethought what I was doing. I was calling him to come inside and he loves "hunting" outside, I'm ending his fun. So, I started treating and petting him when he does come....and guess what, it only took a time or two for him to get his recall back. Our trainer had originally told us "you have to train every day" and sometimes I forget that. All it takes is a "stubborn" dog to remind you that it's your fault....not his.
    Cathy
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    I agree with Cathy. I somethime wonder why they don't come when I call their names. Probably because I'm calling them to come get groomed or to clean their eyes etc

    Time for a rethink! It's funny.. they always come when I shout "c'mon get a bit"
    Kimberly

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    This reminds me of when my ex-hubby and I split up, and Declan went to live with ex and his mother.

    When my ex-mother in law passed away, I had Declan back and to my "delight" (NOT), she'd taught him to bark and bark and bark ....

    by giving him a treat to shut him up each time he barked. His back was like a table top and he had developed MVD, not that I'm blaming her for the MVD, but his weight may not have helped.
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    That is very good advice. Max's recall has slipped a bit and I realized just the other day that I am also calling him to "come" when I want him in the house! I know better than that. I also have to remember not to do the same for Rylie.

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    My two always get a treat when they come in from the garden when called, especially if they also stop barking when told. However, they are now sitting looking hopefully at the treat pot when I come in from the garden on my own - in the belief, presumably, that anyone or anything crossing the garden door warrants a treat! They'll be so lucky!

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

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    Our trainer had originally told us "you have to train every day"
    That's a great line!
    Karlin
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    Oh dear im guilty of doing the above sometimes,usually if in a rush you forget & call them for easiness-note to self,think every time!!
    tho yesterday on our cliff stroll(lots of grass& winding paths) a youthful springer-off lead-just would not leave my girls alone& was repeatedly trying to hump Ru,i was having to drag him off her by his collar,we were next to a picnic table so i put Jels on the table & Ru on the bench,lots of hullabollu & went on for at least 10mins with the owner standing at the top of the cliff feebly calling this dog until finally he ran up the cliff to her where i saw her swing back & give it an almighty slap If i hadnt had to calm my girls id have run up & slapped her i think!
    Blessed by the love of a Cavalier!
    G & Ruby(ruby girl!)B:04? Ex PF rescue,she came to me in '08 & has SM/MVD & she's a special princess & Jelly Tots(B&T girl)B:20/3/09,a real cuddles cheeky chops & the baby of the family!

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    This is a great reminder to all of us, and as Cathy said, training is not a one time thing, but a daily routine.

    Also good to remember that if they do get away from you in a dangerous setting and you are screaming for them to COME!!!...please, please remember to make it a happy reunion with love, petting, and preferably a jackpot of treats when they do come back to you. We tend to want to yell and grab them up (out of fright) but the dog is certainly not going to be in any hurry to run back to you next time if he is met with a stern punishment. I have to keep all of these things in mind day by day.

    I have found that if either of the girls gets away from me, I just excitedly, and happily yell, COOKIE, COOKIE!!!....and they both come running back inside excited for their just reward. This is when I am actually thankful that my little furballs are total foodies at heart!
    Marianne
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    Bradley's recall's a little off at the moment - time for some liver treats again and a bit of back to basics. He returns, but grins and veers off for another sniff before reaching us!

    We have to look stern and ignore his cheeky grin, because one day it may be vital he returns immediately.
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