Toby is a small 4lb. Maltese/pom mix, 9 month old puppy. He will come when called some of the time. Mostly when I say "Come, do you want a goodie?" That usually gets his attention. He is never allowed out of the fenced in back yard, unless on a leash. He has however gotten away out front a few times. We have worked on training him with treats to "Come". He does wonderful while we are inside the house as long as the treats are out. He just doesn't listen 100% of the time, especially when outside. Sometimes he won't listen at all. (even if I say do you want a goodie?) He just gets it in his head that he is going to go for an adventure and has gotten away from me outside of the fenced in yard. I almost had a heart attack the other day because he got away and I couldn't find him for about 10 minutes. It seemed like an eternity. Is this the stubborn Pom in him? I have heard they have a mind of their own.
Wendy - What my trainer and I work on is the following for the "COME" command; First, start with Toby on a regular 6' leash. Put him in a sit/stay and walk to the end of the leash. Then tell him to COME. As you tell him this, pull the leash so he has no choice but to come. Give lots of praise. Once he is good with the 6' leash, go pick up a longer leash - just a cheap one, and do the same thing. I am working with Duncan on a 26' retractable leash that I tug on if he doesn't respond right away. The tricky part is working "off leash". This takes a lot of practice, but it is basically the same thing. One thing my trainer suggests is to use a very light string attached to his collar - so that he barely even knows there is a leash. Then say COME and only tug if he doesn't respond. Eventually he will get it. And always - lots of praise when he is good boy. My dog's trainer only suggests giving him treats occasionally. I don't want him to only do the right thing when there is the bribe of treats around. Best of luck.
Thanks Tara, I have to work on the stay command too. And I have to stop tempting him with treats. Boy I have alot of work to do. It's easy not to be deligent with training him because he is an inside small dog. As long as he is inside, he is pretty good (except the ankle biting) and the harrassing me in the morning when I'm trying to get ready for work. Maybe he isn't as well behaved as I thought. Back to the drawing board.
Well Toby seems to like your underpants in the bathroom so start taking them off in the middle of the street and wave them in the air to show him what you have. Next start rolling the toilet paper he loves so much and have him chase it into the house like a trail if that does not do it well i dont know what will. Do they let people like you have a computer in the nut house? ROFL !!!!!!!!!!
One of the biggest things about training a dog to come is that you have to teach them to come to you everywehre. Many people only train their dogs at home, and then they take their dog to a different environment like a park or whatever, let him off the leash, and are surprised when he disobeys. You have to reinforce the command on leash everywhere, without eception. Only when he responds every single time by coming regardless of where he is, should he be left off a leash.
in our obedience classes we are doing a sit or lay stay and come on command. It starts with a lead...him next to you...walk in front and walk back wards and reinforce stay...and then after a few steps and increasing daily to longer time...wait to tell him to come...when he does praise him and give a treat...Mine dont do as well yet unless food is involved, so for a while we will do it this way. I hope it wells you...they said when ever you call him make it a good thing...dont call to put in crate or yell at them for sme thing they did...Mine are doing better...but mine are 4 1/2 months and 6 1/2 months. So they have a way to go too...but it starts slow...good luck...
aisha-ROFL-layla likes underpants, too. My teenager, who NEVER picks up her room was embarassed when layla ran in the family room, jumped up on the couch with a pair of her underpants in her mouth. Now, at least she picks up when friends are over!
my six month old pup loves socks...the kids hold out their feet and she takes their socks off for them, but you have to immediatly take them awayfrom her or the go to the great beyond! never to be seen again.. My puppy will not come to anyone but me when off leash, at night she is great we play in the yard to help her go to the bathroom but during the day not even i can catch her..we are diligently working on it and looking into ob classes inmy area but there isn't much. so i wil just try what you posted here. thanks for the tip