How to teach a dog to answer your call

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We all know that there are very obedient dogs that come to the call of their owners in any situation and that other dogs, however, play deaf completely ignoring the owner no matter how much he calls him.

This is actually a negative thing, because in the supposed case that the dog is loose and in a dangerous situation, if we call him and he doesn’t obey it is possible that the situation ends badly. Chasing a cat, crossing busy roads or drifting too far …

Teaching a dog to answer your call is arguably the most important and easiest dog training exercise. From Dogsis we are going to explain what you must do to teach your dog with some simple tips.

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Use food as a claim

The weak point of a dog is food, since its sense of smell is incredibly developed. If we take as an example a sausage and break it into small pieces, we will have a lot of prizes to educate our dog.

The exercise to teach your dog to come to your call is very simple, we will start by taking a walk on the street or in the park with the dog on a leash. A medium strap is sufficient, between one and two meters in length.

We will always use the same word to call you, using your name first and then the order. For example if our dog is called “Rufo”, we will say “Rufo Here!” And when you look at us, we will give you a prize (piece of sausage) and we will congratulate you very much. This is called educate with positive reinforcement.

It is very important to give him many caresses in addition to his award, so that he feels our positive energy, so that he feels that we are really happy. We will continue with the walk repeating this technique every five minutes.

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At home we can also practice it without a strap, since there is no danger of it escaping. But on the street or in the park, at the moment always on a leash to avoid escapes and accidents.

It is necessary to repeat this exercise for five or seven days, so that the dog completely associates the order with a prize and something positive. After that time, we will change our dog’s leash for a longer one, an extendable one or one of more than five meters.

We will let the dog walk away while we walk, knowing that it is not a danger because even if it walks away it will have a leash on. When he is away sniffing his things … we will give him the order “Rufus Here!” and we will give him his prize and many caresses and congratulations, as always.

We will repeat these sessions for at least three to four weeks, this way our dog will learn to come to our call always. Later we can go to a dog park or mountainous area where it does not pose a danger (cars, roads, etc …) and practice with the dog on the loose, without a leash.

Remember that you should always give him his prize when he obeys, since it is absolutely necessary for him to positively relate the exercise.

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Reasons why a dog decides not to come to your call

Although we correctly teach this exercise to our dog, we must remember that they are animals that are guided by their instincts. and some of those instincts are sometimes stronger than your human’s command.

For example cats, there are many dogs that impulsively chase cats as if they were hunting prey. Most of these dogs are completely blind since instinct is stronger than anything else.

The more we practice the exercise of going to your call with the dog, the more likely the persecution will stop and listen to you. But don’t be too angry if he ignores you, because the primary instincts of dogs have amazing power over them.

Another reason why a dog may ignore you, is out of fear, if you have used violence on any occasion the dog will not trust you. You should never, under any circumstances, attack your dog, because they will always remember him.

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