Saturday, November 19, 2011

tips to communicate with your dog

It’s a common problem: your dog will respond to “sit”, “down” and “stay”, but rarely comes when called, especially at an off-leash park.  Why is “come” so hard to train?

Teaching your dog to come to you every time is a skill to train like any other, says dog obedience trainer Lisa Kruitwagen. Start up close. Three times a day, for about two weeks, stand about a metre away from your dog and say, “Princess, come.” Use a cheerful voice and give her a treat when she arrives. Make sure you’re close enough so she’s guaranteed to be successful every time. Gradually add distance and distractions.

Your call should always mean treats, fun and attention.


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