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    I am still having trouble teaching bella to come when called. Any suggestions? I have to call her at least 7 times before she will come, and even then I have to stamp my feet or make some other noise to get her curiosity up so that she even thinks about coming. she is not a playful dog, but I try and get her enthusiathim up, and I click and reward, and praise lots, but no deal.
    Argh!I have been trying for weeks, and i want to get her coming when called before the 3rd, because that is when i am taking her to some classes.
    please help!

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    I have been working on Mollie with the "food circuit" exercise.
    I stand (She used to only come when I crouched down) throw a treat, say "____ come!" and when the dog comes, give her a treat and then throw one, wait until she gets it and then repeat "___ come!". Mollie soon got the idea, and it helped alot.
    Try it, it really worked for me!
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    Don't call her when you know she won't come, otherwise the word will be just a noise in the back ground.

    Put her on a long lead to practice come and even if you have to "reel" her in still be enthusiastic.

    If you've worn the word out start practicing using a different word.

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    My dog won't come when he is told to "Come" but he does come when I call his name and whistle. I agree with MAC change the word and method and you might have more luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cate0404 View Post
    My dog won't come when he is told to "Come" but he does come when I call his name and whistle. I agree with MAC change the word and method and you might have more luck.
    "tucker time" works a treat too

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    I be super enthusiastic about it. I say their names (I have a Bella too!) like it's the most awesome exciting thing in the world - then once they start to take a step or 2 towards me I throw my arms out wide and get lower to the ground and say "come". Only say come once she's on her way. When they get to me we have a huge "good boy/girl" and tons of pats/cuddles (or treats when they were learning). We're at the stage were they'll respond to a quiet, firm "come" and and a "good boy/girl" is enough, but I'm always over the top at the park because I know they'll respond better to super enthusiasm in that environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    I be super enthusiastic about it. I say their names (I have a Bella too!) like it's the most awesome exciting thing in the world - then once they start to take a step or 2 towards me I throw my arms out wide and get lower to the ground and say "come". Only say come once she's on her way. When they get to me we have a huge "good boy/girl" and tons of pats/cuddles (or treats when they were learning). We're at the stage were they'll respond to a quiet, firm "come" and and a "good boy/girl" is enough, but I'm always over the top at the park because I know they'll respond better to super enthusiasm in that environment.
    Couldn't have said it better myself. Agree with this post. Getting down lower to the ground (particularly arms stretched out wide on the ground) is the dog's equivalent of 'let's play.' Usually good in getting your dog to return to you.

    However, calling 7 times to no avail tells me your dog doesn't have any recall training whatsoever.

    Like MAC said, tie a thin string/line to dog's collar; throw something dog loves a short distance away; let dog run to it; when you call 'dog's name come' start gently guiding the line/string in towards you. This must be one at EXACTLY the same moment. Say it once, and keep reeling in, acting very enthusiastic. As dog starts coming towards you, stay excited. When dog reaches you, finish with a sit command, then praise like there's no tomorrow, or use treats, whatever is your preference.

    Your dog must learn recall correctly to 'come' every time at first command from you. Good luck.

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    [QUOTE=Charlie & Bella's mum;54950] I say their names (I have a Bella too!) like it's the most awesome exciting thing in the world -QUOTE]

    Yeah, its a popular name isnt it? Is your bella the little fluffy shih tzu looking one in your avatar or is it the other one?

    so for the food circuit, I throw a treat, wait until they get it, then call, and repeat? getting her attention is impossible!

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    I've just started watching a dvd I bought from the USA, which has been recommended to me by a few people. It's called "Really reliable recall" by Leslie Nelson.

    I've only watched 10mins (I'm waiting til kids are back at school to start in earnest), but a couple of simple games you can play to help with recall are as follows:

    You need 2 people, but the first one is really simple, 2 people stand across from each other (Distance would depend on how good your dog is at recall, the better she is the further apart you can stand), both of you have treats and you just simply call your dog enthusiastically and reward with tasty treat when they come, then the other person does the same. If your dog is reluctant you could have a squeaky toy to get their attention as well. Repeat this as often as you like so your dog associates being called with good stuff.

    2nd game also needs 2 people. One distracts the dog while the other hides (not too far away to begin with) and then the hidden one calls the dog again and hopefully she will try and find you, lots of praise and treats when they find you.

    Two other suggestions are:
    Never call your dog if you are going to do anything they will not be happy about, eg, putting lead back on, going to bed, anything they may not be keen on doing. If at all possible go to the dog and get them for these things. They need, in the early days anyway, to associate 'coming' to you as a really good thing.

    As has been mentioned, do not call you dog if you know they won't come. They just learn to ignore you.

    Good luck, recall is not something that happens overnight so just keep persevering.
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    [QUOTE=Boxerini;54972]
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    I say their names (I have a Bella too!) like it's the most awesome exciting thing in the world -QUOTE]

    Yeah, its a popular name isnt it? Is your bella the little fluffy shih tzu looking one in your avatar or is it the other one?


    so for the food circuit, I throw a treat, wait until they get it, then call, and repeat? getting her attention is impossible!
    Yeah she's maltese x shih tzu (7months old)

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