To get the dog closer, edible prizes, such as sausages, and attract the look of the dog are very useful
- Author: By EVA SAN MARTÍN
- Last update: August 17, 2015
"Pluto!" "Plutooo! Disabling so that the dog comes to our call rarely works, experts warn. This article explains five simple tricks to get the dog to come when called: get the dog to look us in the eye, use groceries, perseverance, never get angry when the dog does not come and rehearse at home before departures. These simple tools prevent the dog from getting lost during the walk. In addition, other scares.
1. Get the dog to look us in the eye
The first key to the dog comes to our call is to have earned his trust before. "You have to create a close relationship with the dog," explains Ernest Belchi, of the Spanish Association of Canine Educators in Positive and author of the Captain Can blog.
But how to strengthen the bond with the dog? Visual communication with the dog, as it happens in people, is essential to achieve it. "We must get the dog to look us in the eye when we communicate with him, "says Belchi.
"The look is the switch that turns on the communication with our dog," agrees the canine educator Ricardo Antón, author of the blog Educating my dog.
Achieving the eye of the dog is the first key to come to the call
To achieve this, an essential guideline is that the owner be the first to look into the dog's eyes when talking to him. Anton even advises to resort to the game. "Working eye contact with the dog is simple if the game is used," he says. And he proposes a very simple activity to achieve it: "You have to leave your favorite toy in front of him, without letting him take it. At first he will only look at the object, but then he will raise his head to look us in the eye. "
It is necessary to repeat this proposal with constancy, better if you insist every day, and reward the dog with caresses and games when, finally, he fixes his eyes.
2. Edible tricks for the dog to approach
Edible prizes (such as homemade dog biscuits) are essential for the animal to learn to come to the call, Belchi says. However, it is not worth any kind of stimulus. "The edible rewards for obeying our call must be very tasty", says this educator.
The logic is as follows: the prize must always be more attractive than what can move the dog to escape or separate from our side.
An edible proposal to get it? "Frankfurter sausage bits, that the dog can eat without chewing." This is a delicious bite that will make it harder for the dog not to go when he walks away and, therefore, that will prevent distressing losses.
"Reinforcements such as prizes or toys may be necessary," adds Anton, who believes that "they should disappear little by little." Some sporadic reminders may refresh the motivation of the animal to come to the call. "Although the best reward for the dog is the attention of its owner, with caresses or playing with him," says this educator.
3. Constancy, constancy and constancy
It is unhelpful to offer a prize today and not do it tomorrow. Constancy is essential to get the dog to answer our call and avoid getting lost during the ride.
The prizes to the dog for attending the call must be constant
"One of the most frequent mistakes is not to give the dog, not even with a caress, when we call him and go," warns Belchis.
The call - better with your name - must be pronounced with clarity and forcefulness, although never with shouting. The request will be more effective if accompanied by gestures that allow the furry partner to identify what is expected. One possibility is to point our feet or the position to go to.
4. Never get angry when the dog does not come
And what to do when the furry friend does not come to the call? On these occasions, nerves and anger, as well as unhealthy, are unproductive. The dog must always obtain a sample of affection, "because, even if it is late, it has finally appeared," warns this educator.
As on so many other occasions, positive reinforcement is necessary to educate the dog. In this sense, it is advisable not to return home immediately after getting him to come to hear his name. It is better to stay a little longer in the park, play with him another time and offer caresses and samples of affection.
5. Rehearse at home before departures
Dogs, like people, are not born knowing. They need to learn. Home games are a good opportunity to practice the call and try to get the animal to come after the request.
"You have to work, initially, in small spaces and with few stimuli for the dog. To be able to introduce, little by little, distractions in larger spaces," adds Anton.
This guideline is very relevant if an adopted adult dog or a puppy is educated. In both situations, patience is key to success.
Also, as with humans, every dog is a world. Knowing the personality of the dog and treating the furry partner as the friend he is are two essential keys to success.
Other tips for the dog to come to the call
The blog author Educating my dog, Ricardo Antón, provides other useful tips to get the animal to come when called.
- "The first thing is to teach the dog to turn and look at you when his name is said. It is the beginning of the call," explains this educator.
- Always use the same order for the call.
- Never call the dog if we know it will not come. Nor when it is known that we cannot correct you if it does not come. You do not have to learn to ignore the order.
- The owner must be his greatest motivation and work the link between the two.
- At first, you should work with a long leash to correct the dog if it does not come.
First with the belt on
The best thing for this exercise is an extendable leash that allows space for the dog to move away and show him the order.
It is important that you have the right mindset. Which? Be aware that the animal will not obey the first time you call and that it will take time to teach. Therefore, arm yourself with patience because your dog will perceive your anger or your outrage. Thus it is possible that you get the opposite effect of what you are looking for.
Do short and frequent sessions with the leash since the animals have very short attention periods. Do not punish him if he does not obey the first, because it can be closed in band to the next round of exercises. Give him small tugs with the strap after saying "come" so he understands that he must move.
Collaborate with him
Don't give the order and stay still. Collaborate through your movements to make it much more understandable for him. For example, Say "come" and take a few quick steps back. Obviously the dog will want to go to you.
Repeat the operation several times giving the animal time to relate the word to the movement.
Use your hands
Gestures are something that dogs also understand and can relate to orders.
For the "come" order you can point to yourself. Hbring a gesture of invitation towards you or put your hand in front of you. Always do it while saying the word that you want the dog to obey so that the animal relationship order and gesture and make it easier to obey.
One way to make your dog's task easier is to take steps backwards so that he goes to you. Tell him "come" while you move and let the animal go to you.
Sum distance and distractions
What you want is for your dog to come to your call whenever you call. Therefore, to improve your obedience, add distractions to the teaching environment and also various distractions. You could go to a park for example.
Once there try with the belt give the order without moving, if you obey, you could try once without a belt to see how it reacts. Remember not to get too far away the first few times. What do you think of these tricks?
Hello ! I am signed up for the course 😉 but my conflicts with Nala (Golden and 3-month Golden Crossing), are the bikes / scooters and that when she is playing with other dogs there is no way to listen to me. Also when he has something in his mouth, he doesn't give it to me, and if I'm going to take it off, he runs away. I hope to improve those issues! 😀