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    If he won't listen, that probably means it's too hard. Have you tried the hand feeding his dinner? You need to get the message through that he needs to pay attention to you in order to get the basic things in life. Use any opportunity to hand feed him.

    When I get a new foster pup, I will give them treats for seemingly no good reason at all. When they just come check on me, I'll greet them really enthusiastically and stuff a treat in their mouth. Lots of times. Only after I've done that for a while will I even attempt something like recall. And then I start at the very lowest level of that, which is call them when they're already heading towards me anyway.

    In my favourite article on training recall, the author suggests that you should only call your dog if you'd be willing to bet $100 on them coming when you do. That principle kind of applies to all dog training. You need to set your dog up for success so you can then enforce the behaviour, which is the only way a dog will learn what to do. If you know they're likely to ignore your when you ask them to do something, don't ask. Try something easier that can lead to the behaviour you're after. For some behaviours you can use luring too, but those are quite limited.
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    yeah been hand feeding him a few times with his dinner, sometimes his scared to eat out of his own bowl so i gotta hand feed him? just recently

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    zorro has finish his preschool training today, the past 3 weeks he knows sit,drop,hand shake, but recall and his name calling still doesn't know, any tips on them 2 commands would be helpful thanks guys

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    For name - pair saying his name with giving him a treat.

    Eg
    "zorro" - he looks at you - treat
    count to three
    (or wait for him to get distracted)
    repeat at least five times - at least once a day.

    For recall - similar... but start in low distraction environment where you know he will come.
    And start with a word you don't mind if it breaks later because you only want good performance with the recall word so maybe
    "beer" and he comes - treat.
    If he doesn't - start him on lead in a less distracting environment, with better rewards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    For name - pair saying his name with giving him a treat.

    Eg
    "zorro" - he looks at you - treat
    count to three
    (or wait for him to get distracted)
    repeat at least five times - at least once a day.

    For recall - similar... but start in low distraction environment where you know he will come.
    And start with a word you don't mind if it breaks later because you only want good performance with the recall word so maybe
    "beer" and he comes - treat.
    If he doesn't - start him on lead in a less distracting environment, with better rewards.
    thanks for the info, will give it a try this week and keep you updated

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    Look up kikopup on youtube - she's really good at teaching you how to do this kind of thing.

    Good recall and having a dog pay attention to you can take a while - especially if they have a lot of fun doing things without you like playing with other dogs, greeting other people and foraging for food at the local park...

    Part of getting them to connect all that fun to you, is to ask them to do some basic tricks before you let them off lead, like a nice calm sit next to you, and a few other tricks - things they know. Then when they do that well, let them off. If you get to the park and let an excited lunging dog off lead to go play with its friends - it isn't going to pay any attention to you when you call...

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