The foundation of a solid recall (i.e. “Come”) command is for your dog to know and respond to his name. But as owners, we frequently skip an important step. While we start calling the dog by their name, we neglect to do anything to actually add VALUE to their name. So while they may perk their ears up and look at you when you say their name in the house, they completely blow you off when they are out and about in the world and there are far more interesting things going on. Here are some tips on how to make your dog love and respond to their name….
Step 1 – Have a lot of treats handy. While your dog is looking at you, just say their name and give them a treat. Do that many, many, many times. You can easily do this with your dog’s dinner! That bowl full of kibble gives you a great opportunity to do this a hundred times a day. With dog training, it’s all about repetition.
Step 2 – When your dog is facing away from you, say her name. As soon as she turns her head towards you, reward. Again do this many, many times.
Take it outside to your back yard or patio, start over with Step 1. Then move onto Step 2.
Remember, dog training is all about repetition. The more times you do this, the better your dog will get.
By the way, while we frequently start with puppies, these same techniques can be used for dogs of any age.
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