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    Hey guys,

    I've just recently picked up my new Aussie Bulldog pup and he is doing very well. I have been giving him some light training say about 20 min a day. He is very smart and has pick up quite a lot he understands, sit, down, stay(sought of),paw, speak and sometimes come. Most of these have to be enticed with treats.

    I am having the most trouble with the come when called command as he likes to ignore me, when I call him he looks at me and just wanders off he only comes when he wants to. Ive tried calling him in a very playful voice but it falls on deaf ears. Sometimes treats dont even work he's very lazy and just lays there and stares at you.
    I dont want to train him to ignore me.
    What should I do?
    How do I motivate this little 9 week old to be attracted to us?

    Thanks in advance.

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    He sounds like he's doing well
    Try a squeaky toy to get his attention for a recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    Welcome to the world of Bulldogs
    Oh goody!!!
    Does this mean when he gets older I'll be one those owners screaming for my dog with their dog ignoring them?....
    How embarrassing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymum View Post
    He sounds like he's doing well
    Try a squeaky toy to get his attention for a recall.
    Took the words right out of my mouth

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    Even a squeaky doesn't help sometimes. :/

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    Keep your training sessions short. 5 to 10 minutes a day is heaps. Vary the times & places you train. If pup looks like being a bit motivated to do some training, strike while the iron is hot. Try & find something that is a "high value" reward as a motivator. Spirit works for food. Tara is not that interested in food, but loves a foam ball. She is happy & content just to carry it around in her mouth for the entire walk. Investigate "clicker" training. Above all, stay patient & if you or the pup are getting frustrated, end the training session.

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    Thank you GSDs4ever, I try to keep the sessions short, but maybe not short enough. I think I will just have train the come command when he looks at his most liveliest.
    I'm not used to pups doing their own thing most pups I've come accross usually bound over to you when you call them, not my pup though he rather do his own thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obie16813 View Post
    Thank you GSDs4ever, I try to keep the sessions short, but maybe not short enough. I think I will just have train the come command when he looks at his most liveliest.
    I'm not used to pups doing their own thing most pups I've come accross usually bound over to you when you call them, not my pup though he rather do his own thing.
    You're welcome. I've had GSD females that are pretty aloof, so I understand where you're coming from. Spirit is as keen as mustard to please me. Tara couldn't care less about listening to me just at the moment. Good luck with the training.

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    OT, I know very well I am undermining myself for the future. Pretty is the same. I am a cow and am reveling in it as if she does not obey commands, father in Law is likely to decide she is better as a pet.....MINE! I do realise that positive reinforcement will do a lot if they could find the right thing she will come on command for,but I am not letting on to THEM!

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    Today Deebo was looking forward to training as he knows he was going to get treats and cooperated nicely. When I started training him to come when called I used food as well as a squeaky toy which seemed to get a better Rreaction from him, yay! So I'm gonna keep on with that and hopefully he'll come around.

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