Can you imagine your dog chasing a rabbit and then all of a sudden stopping midway just to come back to you to answer your call? Trust us, this isn’t some dream or fantasy – it can certainly happen with you in real life, provided you properly train your pup.
Though it’s not as easy as it might seem, you can still improve your pup’s recall by constantly working on it. Just like us humans, dogs too like something interesting in their surrounding that can keep them engaged for a while. So, why not doing something that always turns their attention back to you, like giving away treats and praises? If you get successful in achieving this, then the day is not far away when your four-legged buddy would prefer your call over anything else.
Well, io help you improve your dog’s recall easily, in this article we have compiled a list of tips for you.
1. Don’t be ‘that’ person
You must have seen many dog owners yelling at their pets or rather you might have been one of them because your pooch is not responding to your calls the way you want them to. Well, it’s natural to get frustrated when someone does not listen to you, but have you ever thought about it through your dog’s perspective? Your angry mood or rude command will never help you improve their recall.
So, instead of being that angry owner, try some methods that entice them. The more you love your pooch, the more you will get in return. And eventually, you will notice them obeying your each and every call.
2. Use one command at a time
The success of your dog’s recall highly depends on how consistent you are. If you are thinking that your training is enough to make them listen to you, then you are mistaken. You have to be consistent with your teaching until your training starts to reflect on their actions.
Also, try not to confuse your buddy by giving them more than one command at a time. Make sure you are giving them only one command like ‘come here’ and sticking with these words each time whenever you’re calling them. Also, ensure there is a positiveness and love in your voice while commanding, not anger and threat – after all, dogs too like to be called sweetly.
3. If the command is unreliable, switch it
If the command you are giving is already associated with a bad experience, then your pooch might feel afraid to follow it. For example, when you used a particular command so many times while grooming your pooch and unfortunately it got hurt at the same time, then they might associate this command with negative consequences.
If such is the case, replace the command with a new set of words. For example, you can say ‘Over here’ instead of ‘Come here’. This way, your pooch will follow the call assuming it as a new one. That apart, the next time you groom your pup, do make use of a quality pet clipper that goes smoothly on its skin.
4. Start with baby steps
You will not get a good recall from your dog overnight and it must be achieved by taking one step at a time. For example, you can start teaching them short distances, once it starts responding properly, you can increase the distance.
And if you realise that they are not obeying once the distance has increased, go back to the previous step and practise it until he/she is ready to go ahead.
5. Reward them when they obey you
If you want to make your recall training for your pooch enthusiastic, then make sure you are rewarding them whenever they obey your command. It will certainly help them know that they have done exactly what they were expected to do. Reward them with a quick game or small treat or simply increase their play time.
To make their training all the more interesting, you can try the game, puppy in the middle, which means your pup will be drifting back and forth in between you and your partner.
Once you follow these tips on a regular basis, you will realise that your pup has already started responding to you.
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