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    Lightbulb He is not coming :(

    Hooch is a wonder dog. He learns so fast.
    He sits every time we tell him to. He stays when we tell him to stay. He walks so nicely and sits when we stops automatically.
    BUT he will not come to us when we call him. Not at home, not anywhere.
    We tried calling him with treats. He rolls his eyes at us.. as if... yeah... not worth it. We do it during the day (not after dinner) to make sure he is hungry but even that doesnt make him come.
    We watched tutorials online... it works on all the dogs we see - not on Hooch.
    HELP please.
    We cant take him unleashed to a doggie park or even when we took him to the beach, we got a heart attack when he decided to follow other dogs and not even glance at us. So we cant let him run free until he learns "come".
    Help us make our dog happy and socialise more by teaching him COME!

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    sounds like obedience training is needed - when we are doing our puppy school trainer said that we need to be exciting so the dog gets the message that hey we are here and wants to be with you.
    m<(o.o)>m

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    Doggie classes booked for the 25th of this month (couldnt get in any sooner) so have to wait another 3 weeks for that. Figured we can start him early and bring him all prepared so he is the teacher's pet lol
    I swear more exciting than we are - we would be swinging off chandeliers. Only time he came is when I pretended to cry because thats how I used to get my son to come to me LOL
    Sad I know.

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    My wee girl is still a bit like this and finally at almost 3, her recall is almost 100%.

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    I can recommend Lesley Nelson's "really reliable recall" dvd. It shows you the basic principles of how to train a recall.

    Start somewhere you know he will come - cos there's nothing else for him to do, like the bathroom or other small room in the house and practice there. Use some word for recall - that you haven't used before because the ones you've got are broken. Never repeat your recall word, after you've trained it inside the house for a month - three attempts a day and he's getting those right, then try using it in the back yard. If he doesn't come when you've said the word once, go get him. Take him back inside and try again there - where you are fairly sure you will be successful.

    You may need to skip dinner and improve the quality of your treats, and do one recall with the uber treats (roast chicken?), on lead and from a very short distance, before you try off lead...

    And then there are all sorts of recall games... like hide and seek and chase the boss (never chase the dog). And recall past my dinner ie doesn't get dinner until he can recall from one side of it to the other...

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    I get down to the dogs level and call them out in a happy voice. It works most of the time. Harley has good recall, Bella's is questionable at times. I find she is more likely to come when I am down at her level.

    Although she surprised me when I did let her off leash at the beach, she came back! lol there was only once she didn't (we were in the fenced off dog park) and I put her back on leash when I did eventually get her.

    Maybe get a training rope and take him out to try it out at the park.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    at our obedience class there was a dog who would never come, it would just take off and do whatever it wanted.
    the trainer told the owner to run away from the dog, it was a kelpie so she followed everything that ran, this helped her to start to learn what come is

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    THANK YOU!!! have to come up with a new word as "come" is now officially broken.
    I am going to watch the DVD and then get him into the bathroom and try the recall on lead.
    Will report back if successful
    I really appreciate all the help you are all giving me.. thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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    Good Luck!

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    We are working on this at training tonight. We walk on a loose lead then suddenly back up calling "come" pulling the dog into you and then make them sit in front of you.
    We also make them stay at leash length , then with a voice command come and a hand signal pull them into you. It's working a treat and Mojo started walking back to me tonight without even having his lead pulled. I'll be using a treat in my hand held in close so he knows it's there while we practise at home but i'll faze it out eventually. Hope that makes sense.


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