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    My dog loves a good game of chase me.

    And it causes problems when I want to take her for a walk because she'd rather play chase me. So I call her once, and if she doesn't come, I shut her outside all alone, by herself, without me and leave her there for at least five minutes and then try again - she usually can't wait to get in the next time I open the door, and then she's easy to catch.

    If she doesn't come straight in the second time - I leave her out, for a bit longer. Sometimes the walk doesn't happen at all but at least I'm not rewarding/encouraging the game of chase-me.

    Also - never call her and then do something she doesn't like eg going on lead or bath. Always mix a few something elses in between. Eg at the park - I call, she comes, heaps of treats, a few tricks, a roll over, sit-drop-sit-drop, speak etc. and then I put her on lead and go home. I often put her on lead and do another lap with her on lead - practicing walking on lead nicely - so it's not associated with going straight home. I will also put her on lead - usually when she's bugging me for a treat and I didn't call her, and do a bit of practice and let her go - several times during a walk.

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    Very good point Hyacinth just made about never calling them to do something the dog preceives as punishment ie chaining them up, putting them outside etc. Make everytime the dog dose comes to you the best fun most rewarding outcome to the dog.

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    Besides all the clicker training that you can do and i love it. i would make one rule for now. Do not call her, unless you have her on line. and when you do make such a happy fuss over her. For the time being it might be better to just get her if you need her and even then when you have her make a happy fuss or reward. And NEVER, NEVER tell her of after you have called her. Even if she has done something terrible. That moment is gone and now she has come to you she is the best puppy ever. I must admit that i do not tell my puppies off very often. I redirect or ignore. So in their eyes I am the goody as is my hubby. To our puppies we are the great guys or the ones who ignore them.
    And if i call i always give a reward, even if i have to mark it and walk to the fridge to get a treat. to the point where if i call Katy now at 15 months, she runs to me and we go to the Fridge. but now that her recall is so good, she is even quite happy with just a marker and a pet. And probably thinks "maybe next time is a treat".
    It is so easy to wreck a recall....... If my dogs have been really bad, I just go to them and get them and boy do they know that it is then big trouble. usually a 1/2 hour in the kennel alone.............
    Pets are forever

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    I have found some dog treats that she really likes so 9 times out of 10 she comes when she is called now. On the couple of times when she hasnt, I walk back inside and ignore her, dont call her anymore and put her dog treat away...... Soon enough in she comes to see where we are.

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    Hi,

    I also play hide and seek in the house. I call out "come and find me". My dogs come most of time. I sometimes use this even in off leash parks hiding people's behind....great fun.

    For treats try some oven baked or boiled liver. They are winner!
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    I have a Rottweiler and they are very stubborn when they want to be. I've never had a problem with recalling any dog, except her. She loves carrots and treats and knows both words. I can stand there for a couple of minutes whistling and calling her and she'll completely ignore me sometimes, but then I say "carrot" or "treat" and she comes running. The neighbours must think I'm really strange but it works.

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    Gotta love that, Mollinator.

    You've got a conditioned response to the name of your dog's favourite treat.

    I've got an interesting conditioned response to the word "Cats" with my dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Gotta love that, Mollinator.

    You've got a conditioned response to the name of your dog's favourite treat.

    I've got an interesting conditioned response to the word "Cats" with my dog.
    hehe, she also comes when I click the clicker cause she knows she's going to get a treat. Apparently that's not the right use of a clicker but I don't care, it works for recalling her and that is the only real problem I have with her.

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    Mine are great at coming when called, unless they don't want to. sighhhhhhhhhhhh

    I can not risk them packing and running off after the cattle or a bird when their herding instincts over ride everything else so I prefer a quick, secure fix.
    We (as of July) now have a huge secure dog pen and as of today the back yard, with the pen incorporated into it fenced in.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Barney is excellent at coming when called. In fact he is so excited ot have been called that he will just about knock you over in his rush to get to you.

    Pippi on the other hand. She is well behaved in all other ways really bar this.

    Not only will she not come outside, but even inside the house she wont come when called (well she has improved a lot so I am talking 6 months ago). She is the only dog I have ever met who wont come when called inside the house. She will stop whatever she is doign and look at you (with her attitude) and stare for a minute and then when she sees you havent got anything for her she will carry on doig whatever she was doing.

    If you are standing by the fridge though, or have a piece of food in your hand or rattle a treat packet, she is there before you even finish getting the word out of your mouth.

    Sometimes she wont come in from the front porch (she loves it out there) so I just shut the door and reopen it 5 minutes later and she is always straight through the door then. Since I started doing that her recall has become much better. for some reason she seems to have also related that to inside too, which I am nto complaining about

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