How to Teach Your Dog to Come When Called
Every dog owner wants immediate response from their dog when they call it to return. In the corresponding video, I show you how my dog training client in San Jose teaches her 10-month-old Labrador puppy to come when called.
All that you will need to replicate these same results is a controlled environment with just enough distraction, dog food (or treats – like cut up hot dogs – yum!), a happy voice, and a shock collar (ie. remote training collar). If you are at a dog park that is not fenced, we recommend having a long line of rope tied around something sturdy and leash it to your dog, so they have ample space to be “distracted” and gives you space to be away from them enough to have them come to you when called.
If you are like our client pictured here, you do not want your life to be on hold when you train your dog. You also do not want to use harsh, punitive methods just to get results.
We provide you dog training techniques that work immediately. They are easy to use for you, as the dog owner, and are easy on the dog. We want happy puppies all the way around.
The concept is very simple. Pay the dog with food for paying attention and staying connected – engaging with you. When your dog checks out or gets distracted, regain their attention with the remote collar using light nicks, which is like a tap on the shoulder. These taps continue until the dog breaks away from the distraction and reconnects with us.
Every time we tap the dog with the remote collar, we keep it so light the dog can barely feel it. In the beginning, the dog usually ignores the collar because it is so light. When the dog starts sniffing at something in the grass, that is your cue to start “tapping” and calling the dog with a smile in your voice. If you have a grumpy voice, the dog doesn’t want to hear that. Would you? We keep tapping and calling in a happy voice with a piece of hot dog in our hand, and eventually our dog is going to look at you like “Is that you?” Use this recognition time to pay your pup with the food or treat. Praise them (ie. throw them a mini party), then lead them over to another minor distraction.
Distractions come on a scale of 1 to 10. When you first start out, keep your distraction level low – like a 2 or 3 would be best. This could be a dog park or a section of a large park that is quiet with no children or dogs around. I always tell my clients to keep their dog in the zone of success. As you get going, you can raise the level of distraction incrementally and systematically to guarantee success.
When you train with a professional dog trainer, there is no crossing the fingers and hoping it works. Professionals have a big bag of tricks and can think fast on their feet, quickly moving from one technique to the other while finding out what methods does your dog best respond to.
You need options when training your dog. For a FREE no-obligation demonstration with your young or old pup, feel free to contact Canine Tutors Dog Training online or by phone, 805-400-8309. We serve the general San Jose area, stretching across the entire Bay Area.