Yesturday, when I took Parker out for a walk. (We just walk down our Private Rd, and in the pastures) he wouldn't come when I called him, most of the time he just kept going around like he didn't hear, sometimes he would look at me. He wouldn't even be very far away upclose, but he won't come like the other dogs, it's drivin me crazy! ANy suggestions?
I would practice at home with him. Always carry treats in your pockets and if your sitting at home and he is doing something else call his name, if he comes give him a treat and make a big fuss. You can do this throughout the day at random times always giving him a treat and telling him he is good only when he comes. This is how I trained my Lab Winnie. Once she started coming everytime when we were home, I would carry treats with me when we went to the dog park and if she came when i called i would do the same thing. It worked for me hopefully this will help you.
The trick to getting your dog to come is to make them think you can make them come to you, regardless of whether they want to or not and the location. That means that you have to keep him on a leash (or a long line) every single time you take him outside, and constantly practice the come command. Puppies go through a rebellious teen phase, and you really have to be persistent during this time or he'll never learn to come to you. Swap out giving him treats as reward and giving him loving, so he doesn't come to expect the treat. You also can't just practice this at home, you have to practice it out in public, at the park, at the vets office, at a friend's house, etc. So they learn that they have to come every single time. Only when they come without fail ON the leash is it safe to take them OFF the leash.
I agree with everyone in the fact that you have to call your dog to come to you at random times (playtime, lounge time etc) instead of just the times you need him/her to come and when they do come give lots of praise and treats so they thinks its a good thing everytime you make them come instead of dreading getting back on the leash, leaveing, getting repremanded etc....
Thanks he's miniature schnauzer. He is so much more stubborn than Paisley. She is so smart! Parker is more independent than her also. You can see them both on my site... www.prissyspooches.com It's finally working
minnyar has the theory down right, here is a method if you choose to go this route. you have to have a way to correct the dog, there will come a time when it will ignore you but you cannot correct the dog until you know that it knows what it is supposed to do. put the dog on a chckcord with a choke chain, let the dog range away from you, start at 4 or 5 feet, not 30. say the word (come, here, what-ever you want to use) and give a sharp clan tug on the collar (does not have to be reall hard) keep saying the command while giving small tugs on the collar. as soon as the dog turns and starts coming towards you, let up on any pressure on the collar and stop saying the command. if the dog turnsaway, repeat. keep up this pattern until the dog will return to you without needing to be tuged from 20-30 feet away on the check cord. you do not need to "pull" the dog all the way in, it will relate the command to coming towards you. get an e-collar and put it on the dog. starting at the lowest setting, stimulate the dog slowly increasing the level until you notice the dog turn its head a little. you do not need to make the dog yelp, if it does, you are to high. spend the money on a quality one that has positive indexing levels, the more levels the better. i recomend tritronics pro100. still on the check cord, give the command, tug the collar and stimulate all at the same time. as soon as the dog turns and is heading towards you, release the pressure on the collar and stop the stimulation, do not wait for the dog to get to you, do this as soon as he is heading in. phase out the choke chain and use only the e-collar. once the dog learns how to turn off the stimulation, and understands the commands, slowly start introducing distractions. change location, have another dog around, have other people around start taking off the check cord and letting the dog run free. if your timing is correct, you will be amazed at how fast the dog learns that it must obey and it really does not take very many corrections. some dogs will take longer then others. some will take a stronger correction then others. as distractions in crease you may have to raise the level of stimulation. after a month or 2 of training, your dog should respond well in most situations. I would also advise always having the collar on the dog when it is turned loose. you want the ability to correct because even a trained dog will come across time that it will not want to abey and if you can't correct, then the dog learns that it can get away with it and your level of performance drops considerably.
And by the way, my 3/4 poodle and 1/4 schnauzer will never come to me either. He always runs. It drives me crazy, too. 2 more weeks until I get my schnauzer puppy. I hope she minds better than Hershey! http://www.dogster.com/?78448
Jawlaw, He is too cute! He has got a really black, shiney coat! I need to get a pic of my moms schnoodle that she adopted. Yeah we are about 3 hours East of Fort Worth, my husband actually goes to Fort Worth all the time for the Navy Reserves at the JRB base there. Where are you getting your new pup from? What color is he? My favorite mini Schnauzer colr is Black and silver, but I also love salt pepper, well, I guess I love em all cause I love the black to, but b&S is my most fave!
Faye girly- the schnauzer pup that I am getting is black right now, but I think it will be black/silver...that is what the parents have. I am so inexperienced at this. I just happened to come across a schnoodle in the paper and that is how I started wanting a schnauzer. I have a friend that has litters from time to time and so I called and asked her to let me know when she had a litter. I hope everything is o.k. with her!