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    I just had a call from one of my new puppy owners.

    She was so relieved that I had told her how I called the puppies to their meal and how to use that now for teaching him the new name she had given him.

    Anyway the owner had to get some tradesmen in to fix something in her home, & as they went out of the house carrying the drop saw with the cord hanging puppy chased after it and was out the door and thru the gate with the tradies before anyone realised, having a panic her owner called his name, but the lure of the dangling cord was too strong but she remembered what I had told her about calling "puppets, pup, pup, puppets" and at the sound of that he turned and ran back to her. She was so relieved.

    So what I guess I'm saying is most breeders have something, usually puppies, pup, pup, puppies that they call out to the litter when they place the food down.

    After 3 weeks in his new home this was still imbedded in him and because it hadn't been overused like we sometimes do with names, he responded to it.

    So for those taking puppies from a breeder ask what they used to call the puppies. You just never know.

    The owner is now going to do an exercise once/week with a "jackpot" reward for the call "Puppets, pup, pup, puppets". Because she admitted to being guilty of saying "come over here" or "come here", or using his name a lot.

    As for the tradies, she had asked them to let her know when they were going to move onto the outside work but as they couldn't see the little guy around any where they thought he must of been in another part of the house. He wasn't.

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    "conditioned response"

    Ie say dog's name (or special word), treat with something really yummy. Practice often. Use occasionally

    Is basis for "really reliable recall" by Lesley Nelson.

    I do it with Triangle of Temptation (TOT) ie making Frosty do some basic work for her dinner, when her dinner is on the floor in front of her (tempting).

    Her worst obedience problem is "Stay" and "come" so we practice sit-stay or sit-wait-come or drop-stay etc in front of her dinner. And it's working. I can now tell her to "sit-stay" and walk up to her to put the lead on - at the oval or the beach.

    It used to go like "Sit-Stay" and she would but as soon as I got close enough to put the lead on she'd bounce away. I watched an Ian Dunbar video about sit-stay and he just repeats the command firmly when the dog bounces or stands up because it is distracted or lies down... so I did that, and on the third one - I got to put the lead on. Woo hoo.

    It doesn't take three goes any more and it avoids the problem of associating "come" with going on the lead too. I can tell her sit stay anywhere and walk up to her. And she associates it with dinner thanks to TOT. Which is about right ie have to get the lead on so we can go home and have dinner...

    I thought we were never going to get that sorted. It was bizarre - I could get her to leave almost anything (still working on leaving roast chicken or glad wrap sandwiches) and come towards me, which is great if she's scaring someone just by being there, and then I couldn't get the lead on, so much for "effective control".

    She's 18 months old now and we're just starting to get the lead bit sorted. Hooray.

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    The puppets, pup pup puppets call is for dire emergencies.

    She has started puppy school and is learning recall etc.

    I have an emergency call for my dogs that is not used very often and is not a word that is thrown around as kids etc interact with the dogs.

    It doesn't replace the recall it's just another form of recall. And a recall that is always rewarded with a jackpot.

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    I have a whistle that I only use when I want my dogs HERE now.
    It means emergancy come like the devil is chasing you and dont look back.

    It has saved me a few times, but its for that emergancy not an every day thing, they come when I cal them but can get distracted by a smell, this whistles mean right now right here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandii View Post
    I have a whistle that I only use when I want my dogs HERE now.
    It means emergancy come like the devil is chasing you and dont look back.

    It has saved me a few times, but its for that emergancy not an every day thing, they come when I cal them but can get distracted by a smell, this whistles mean right now right here.
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    Pandii, yep that's what I meant.

    Love that - come like the devil is chasing you. Exactly.

    As for the puppies call I told the new owners because if you call their new name first and then puppies it's just another way to teach them their new name. She didn't end up doing that so the puppies call is going to be reserved for her emergency call, it's fresh, not overused and has always brought with it a reward.

    I often find when you're not the only person in the house interacting with the dog that a call for emergencies only, not over used etc is a must have.

    Not something I would of done previously, but I'm now not the only person influencing my dogs.

    And as my new puppy owner found, an emergency came up within the first 3 weeks of her owning her puppy and she had something to fall back on.
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    I do that too, great advice, the pup pup pup pup is what I use.

    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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    I've always done it. But it had never occurred to me before to pass that on to new owners. Was hoping it would never have to be used to be honest, but in the first 3 weeks in it's new home an emergency came up and there you go.

    Also I was supplement feeding this litter from 2.5 weeks so 5 weeks of hearing that several times a day with a guaranteed reward every time and it was pretty ingrained.

    Do you miss your babies Di?

    Sometimes I miss them, at about 4/5 weeks age that is, glad I don't have them all at this age.

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    Good stuff.

    Thanks a lot.

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