Posts Tagged ‘dog recall training’

Albert Einstein could have been a Dog Obedience Trainer ! by Marilee Cole

“Insanity:  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Albert Einstein

I wonder if Albert Einstein had a dog ?   This certainly pertains with training your dog.

Everyday scenario:   You (hypothetical) take your dog out for a walk.  Sunshine is walking along nicely, enjoying the company of his BFF and the beautiful day.  You stop at the mailbox and ask Sunshine to “sit”.  Sunshine is watching the cars go by and doesn’t “sit”.  You ask , again…. Sunshine still doesn’t “sit”, you then ask a third time… still no response.  By this time you are irritated because you know that Sunshine knows how to “sit”, he does it all the time at home, so you jerk on the leash, raise your voice and say “Sunshine, I said, sit.”  Sunshine looks at you and sits.

Same scenario:  but with a different ending.  You take Sunshine for a walk , stop at the mailbox and ask Sunshine to sit and he sits !  You praise him … what a great boy !!!  pet him, get your mail and walk home.

What made the difference?  First scenario:  Sunshine has learned, he doesn’t have to sit until the 4th request and the tug on the leash.  Why?  Because when training Sunshine you didn’t communicate that when you ask for a command, you want the command on the first request.  Sunshine also may have been so enthralled by all the great looking cars going by that your request became background noise and a physical prompt (hand on his bottom) would have reminded him he was with you. Training with physical prompts is another form of communication.  The inflection of your voice definitely got his attention but Sunshine was probably thinking, ” Wow !  What made my BFF so angry, I had better sit.”  So, Sunshine, sat out of intimidation not out of desire to please you.

Training  with physical prompts will help the dog understand what you want and will help build the social bond with your dog.  Training with consistency will help the dog understand and respond the first time you  ask.  Remember, when your dog becomes rock solid at home, up the challenge and train in a new location… and even in the new location you are still training.  When do dogs learn ?  ALL the time, not just when we are ” training”  them.

Training a Dog to Come-How a Good Recall Can Save Your Canine’s Life

Recalls are SO Important by Marilee Cole, Cheeky Dog Obedience Training

Is the bunny, the ball, the kid on the bike or even worse the busy street ahead more interesting than you ? Training a dog to come (or recall) may be the most important behavior you teach your dog.  NEVER punish your dog for coming to you.  You want to be the most important thing in the world to your dog, so coming when called should always be positive.  Use an upbeat tone when you call your dog and make your dog the most awesome dog there ever was when he does come to you !!

Let’s think about this… you are running around having a great time and you are being called to come in.  You know the fun will end.  Would you want to go? Hmmm, probably not… entice your dog with a squeaky toy, or a bouncing ball or try running and have your dog chase you – make it a game.

Basic dog obedience is very important and training a dog to come could save your dog’s life.  When you train your dog to come, teach him in a way so that he learns that coming to you is the most important and enjoyable thing to do.

Phoenix Dog Training with Cheeky Dog Obedience  has classes in obedience and special classes in recall…. how to teach your dog to come when called.  Call  (480)488-1871 and ask about the classes that Marilee offers,so,  you can learn about training a dog to come.