My Chi is 5 1/2 mos old, how do you get a dog to come when you call them? I see people out with thier dogs with no leash and the dog is right there by them and if they go 2 feet from the owner....and the owner says...."Come here"....the dog listens no matter what the situation...ie..bird, kids, rabbit, crowd, ball...whatever is around they still listen!!
In our Basic Obedience 1 class this is how the trainer taught us the command "Come".
Have your puppy on a 6 ft lead and start walking with them. When they get in front of you run backwards, give the lead a slight jerk, and say "Fido, Come". When they come to you praise them like crazy. We practiced this in class quite a bit. The key is to be really animated when you say "Come". You want them to want to come to you.
As far as being off lead, we were told it's not a good idea until your puppy/dog is focused on you 100% no matter what. Our homework during the days between class was to go to 3 NEW places each week and practice our commands. Distractions were key.
Mason is 7 months old, and we still have a lot of work to do. People have told me that maturity is also an issue. He's doing pretty well with his sit/stays when we're on our walks and people pass by us. It's still 50/50 at this point.
What was mentioned above is a way we were taught too. There is also a game you can play at home with other people. You call your dog in an animated voice to come and give treat. Then the next person calls and gives a treat and so on. It becomes a fun game for your dog. Our one class also had take a treat and tell your dog to get it and then call them to come while throwing a treat between your legs. Repeat several times.
Never call to come to discipline your dog and trim nails or anything else it does not like. They will learn not to come. The word "come" should always be a positive experience for them. It may save their life some day.
It takes some work to get a reliable come. Make sure you don't call "come" when you can't make the dog come. It will learn it can ignore the command.
Sounds like good advice, I've been working with her and she does "come", like when we are in the backyard, house, etc..., but the minute she gets out of the yard, house, etc..., it's bye, bye Chica.....scared the poop out of us the other day, she took off and wouldn't "come", had to go get my son who she hadn't seen yet that morning to call her so she came to him, little bugar......
Getting their attention outside is the hardest. Georgie would not walk on a leash without pulling for me. I had to teach her inside. She would get so excited outside and not pay attention. As she matured some and was outside more, she started paying attention more.
At first, she would not even take a treat outside because she was so excited. Just could not get her attention at all.
Minpin Mom is so right. Getting them focused when they are outside is hard. I used to always tell the trainer, "But he does it so well when we're at home." She said that is why it's so important to get them in a new setting at least 3x a week to practice commands.
The worst, though, is when we're on our evening walk through the neighborhood and we're practicing our sit/stay and someone comes up to us excited saying "Oh, what a cute puppy. Blah, blah, blah." That really gets him going and he immediately jumps up to get petted and played with. So frustrating, especially when it's so obvious that we're working on commands. It was funny once, though, because this lady yelled at her hubby for disturbing us. :)
I've had that happen to me at the house, my Mom or someone will come over when we are working with Chica and.........poof!.....the training is out the window!! Then you feel like you've gained nothing!!! Altho I think the dog remembers the next time you start with the training..
guve your dog some time....5.5 months old is still very very young. As for training. The problem, is not that the dog is being defiant or is forgetting. you are right about one thing, all your training is not doing any good. now that is not a smart a$$ comment, but ask yourself why is not working, when is it not working, when is it working? well what I got is that competeing motivation is killing your training. Your dog finds other things more exciting than what you are doing....try using tastier treats, training before the dog eats, so they food is more valuable to the dog. Try a toy that the dog is bananas for. And stop "testing" your dog in situations that you are unsure the dog is going to be succesful in. Everytime you call your dog and it is a situatuion where it is allowed to fail, the closer you are to de-training come, as for me what I do. is I do not worry about my young dogs preforming commands. what i do worry about is making the crazy to work with me, and crazy for toys and food, then I teach games, like tug and retreive. Once I have the dog addicted to games and toys. I the world could crumble around the dog and it's focus will still be on the toy or me.
You can do all the Recall drills in the world. But until you conquer competeing motivation you are going to have these problems.
Gunny is so right. You must set your dog up to succeed. Like when you are teaching "stay". If you feel the dog is getting ready to get up, give the release word before they do. Also, do not try to teach when there are too many distractions. As the dog learns and obeys well, you can start adding the distractions.
I taught Georgie to walk on a leash and the come command inside first.
When I had problems with Jackson at one class, we changed treats and he started doing what I asked. Save certain highly desirable treats for training so it is special and highly desirable.
Come is not that difficult. Start off in the house, you can use a long leash or flexi, Use the puppies name once and the rest, make high pitch sounds LIke PUP! PUP! PUP! and smack your legs, and walk back wards. When the puppy comes to you surprise him with something he never gets like a little peice of hot dog. Then send him away right away, and try again in 10 minutes. You want him to want more, so tease the dog a bit and ignore him all day, unless your doing the exercise. The trick is to do it several times a day (in the house for a few days) Then take it outside, do it out there a few times etc etc, eventually take the puppy to the park and work on it. Never get angry when the puppy doesn't come, no scolding.