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    LOL BL, that's what Pippi does. I call her, she looks at me and if there is nothing on offer she will go back to wahetever she is doing.

    However, I must say she has greatly improved with this. She is a real mummies girl so now usually if I call her she comes running.


    LOL Didee, I say some queer stuff to mine too, like I expect them to respond accordingly LOL

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    Do you want your dog to recall using his/ her name as the command?

    I would prefer to train recall using a command such as 'come'. The reason for this is- to give an example- there is a danger between your dog and you (a road, maybe). You will naturally call out your dog's name (human tendency) and then, if your dog's name means 'return to me' then the first thing your dog will do is run to you- into the path of danger.

    IMHO your dog's name should be for gaining their attention- not a command.

    Then, of course, you need to be careful not to overuse your dog's name because if you do it will cease to be important and soon become the equivalent of ', , '.... But that is another story.

    In terms of teaching your dog his or her name- when he/ she is close to you, say the name and treat immediately. Like 'charging a clicker' (google is your friend). Make sure your dog's name is associated with something positive (food, praise, pats) and he/she will know it in no time.

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    Yup

    This is the first post on recall in this forum.
    recall come site:dogforum.com.au - Google Search

    It doesn't matter what word you choose, the training is the same. What V&F said.

    For your emergency recall - only use it in training when you're sure it will work, and avoid using it any time else except an emergency.

    I have a feeling that my emergency recall word should be NOOO ARRGGGHHHHH!!!!! cos that's what I say when she heads for a moving car she thinks she knows.

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    I have a feeling that my emergency recall word should be NOOO ARRGGGHHHHH!!!!! cos that's what I say when she heads for a moving car she thinks she knows.
    I thought I was the only one.....

    Yes i understand there are places for words in recall and surely name alone is not enough for recall. In saying that normal everyday situation especially in the house, my boys give me enough attention (they come most of times) by their names only. I guess your tone of voice can convey a lot of meaning.....

    I have never done this before for my dogs but in the book "A good dog" the dog's name was changed one day. People have their treats ready and called the dog with the new name in turn and that is how the dog learnt its new name. I think this is a good game to play for dogs and people. Why don't you invite your mates one night (who can resist a little staffy?), share a few drinks and train your dog?
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    lol........my mates are over every night....they cant resist the little guy haha.....but right now im jsut trying it with no one else around.... ill slowly introduce the "game" to him when others are around... once he gets better at it..... right now if he is playing the garden, mo matter how i call him he jsut ignores me..... haha

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    I dont let anyone get involved in training my dog except my immediate family (me, OH and kid).

    Im not really into my dog doing what "anyone" wants. And they dont.

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    One way I can think of is have your dog on a lead the longer you can get the better. Even if you have to join a couple together while you are doing it.
    So you have got your dog in place stand in front of it. then take a step back and call the dog to come to you. If it fails to move then a slight tug to get it to move. And if you have a treat this works way better but if your dog love tennis balls use whatever inspires your dog.
    just do this a couple of times but keep it short and sweet so the dog doesn't get too bored with what is going on.
    Now do it all over again, you should try to do this at least 3 times in the one lesson. Then have a play after you are done. But you should try to do it 3 times a day and each session try to move further away. When the dog is moving towards you start to move back with the dog following you and have this treat or what ever out so the dog can see it. And you must call its name. So I would say that it will be coming to you on comand.
    This isn't fool proof as some thing's your dog may be different and this is the beauty of dogs you never get them all the same.
    Please give it a go, I do think it will work.

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    thanke for the suggestions, so far i am holding a treat in my hand calling his name then getting him to sit next before he gets the treat. so far he is going great....he is picking it up quite fast, but still cant resist a distraction haha....

    but yes, no one else is involved with the training routine..... jsut me, but i do want my girlfriend and little one to be a part of it too.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by reyzor View Post
    sweet, thanks for that..... roughly how long before they get the idea?
    I think I could confidently say that my Schnauzer understood his name when he was about 4 months old. Beforehand he just reacted to my voice and he knew when it was about him or he was supposed to do something.

    My 12 months old mini, however, seems to still think twice, before she responds to me. Does she know her name? I honestly don't know. She might think her name is "leave it".
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    If you continue to call its name repetitively and offer a reward right after I think the dog can easily recognize its name. I also know that dogs are intelligent animal they have there own of knowing if they are being summoned.

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