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    Hi,
    i have a shih Tzu maltese X, and I need help training her. She wont play anymore, so all I can use for rewards is food, and then she gets fussy, and wont eat the store bought treats anymore. How can I get her to play? I can't get her to come when she is called, so I asked my dad, because he used to train dogs. He proceeded to lead Bella, booting her when ever she walked in front of him. She then started to act anxious and worried, and ran to me and licked my leg whenever he let her off the leash. He made her sit, not by asking her to sit, which I had already trained, but by forcing her butt to the ground. That was when he yelled at her for moving her head to dislodge a fly, and then yelled at her to come. She ran straight to me, and that was when I took her back inside. I don't know how to teach her to come, and I ask Mum, and she tells me to go ask Dad. i refuse to train bella like Dad does, so How can I train her to come when called?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    Hi,
    i have a shih Tzu maltese X, and I need help training her. She wont play anymore, so all I can use for rewards is food, and then she gets fussy, and wont eat the store bought treats anymore. How can I get her to play? I can't get her to come when she is called, so I asked my dad, because he used to train dogs. He proceeded to lead Bella, booting her when ever she walked in front of him. She then started to act anxious and worried, and ran to me and licked my leg whenever he let her off the leash. He made her sit, not by asking her to sit, which I had already trained, but by forcing her butt to the ground. That was when he yelled at her for moving her head to dislodge a fly, and then yelled at her to come. She ran straight to me, and that was when I took her back inside. I don't know how to teach her to come, and I ask Mum, and she tells me to go ask Dad. i refuse to train bella like Dad does, so How can I train her to come when called?
    Thanks
    How old is Bella?

    Look....regarding training a dog...you get more bees with honey than vinegar.

    Rule of thumb is...NEVER train when you are feeling angry or anxious and NEVER force anything on your dog/puppy. The dog will lose trust in you if you use force and it will take a long time to build that trust again.

    You need to take a step back now...rebuild trust before you can train again. it sounds to me like she is "shutting down" and when they do that...they do not listen...they do not see...they do not want to do anything.

    You can only ever train your dog when you have cooperation and attention from your dog.

    NO yelling...your dog is NOT deaf!!!

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    I think you need to find somewhere between what you do and what your dad does. Don't ask her, tell her, but don't blow her eardrums out at the same time.

    Use food when she is hungry

    Feed her her dinner by hand for a while - to get her used to the fact food comes from you

    When you walk her, dont move until she is where you want her to be - it might take you ages to walk your dog for a while but it will get better.

    Persevere and if you feel frustrated -quit for the session and try again later

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    so I asked my dad, because he used to train dogs. He proceeded to lead Bella, booting her when ever she walked in front of him. She then started to act anxious and worried, and ran to me and licked my leg whenever he let her off the leash
    Now ur dad trained dogs before..... so why did he kick her? u dont kick dogs

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    Go join a dog club. Both you and your father would benefit from it.

    That way your father can see the instructors dogs or higher classes and see what can be achieved without resorting to terrifying the dog.

    If it is young join a puppy class now.

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    what i meant by booting her, was that he swung his foot into her path, so that she couldnt go forward or she would get booted. I spent a few sessions reteaching her the commands i had, like sit, and down, and stay. she is back to normal now. Dad trains like they did before the days of positive reinforcment.
    How can i teach her to come? I am going to take her to obedience next month, but I would like to have some basics down before I go.

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