My dog doesn’t fetch or come back to me

Sometimes there are just too many other exciting things to go and sniff or other dogs or people to rush off to meet. Alternatively, your dog might know that coming back to you signals the end of their play time and so ignoring you might be a way of extending the fun. Many other dogs just haven’t learned to respond to a recall command because of a lack of training or insufficient rewards when they do return. Fetching a toy is something that comes more naturally to some dogs than others and you need to begin with a good recall before working on building up an interest in a toy.

Follow these steps to help build your relationship and trust in one another:

  1. Ensure you have some treats or your dog’s favourite toy with you before you begin the training. Squeaky toys are often good for gaining a dog’s attention and are good for supervised play as a reward for good behaviour.

Top Tip – The Mikki Deluxe Treat Bag will keep your choice of treats together and easy to access whilst training yourpet.  It will also protect your clothing from smells or staining from the treats and allow you to always have rewards easily available when your pet does something you really like and want to encourage.

  1. Attach the Recall Training Lead to your dog’s harness and allow your dog to drift no more than 10ft away from you. When you are ready, call your dog’s name and the command “Come”, in a happy, excited manner to get their attention.
  2. As your dog begins to respond to you, encourage them with an excited voice and praise.
  3. Reward your dog as soon as it returns to you with a toy or a treat and praise: “Good Dog!”
  4. Initially practise your recall in the garden or quiet area using the recall line.  Continue to recall and reward your dog until its response is quick and reliable.
  5. In a large open area gradually allow your dog more freedom while continuing to engage your dog with recall, treats and praise.
  6. If your dog becomes distracted, hold on to the end  prevent it moving further away. As soon as your dog moves in the right way begin to enthusiastically praise it.
  7. When your dog is very reliable, in safe areas you can allow the lead to trail behind it.  If necessary, you can pick up or step on the lead to control your dog’s movements.
  8. Once your dog has an excellent response to your call you can walk without the recall training lead.
  9. Don’t limit your recall request to the end of a walk – otherwise dogs learn quickly that this means the end their fun off the lead.
  10. Recall regularly during your walks to play, treat and interact with your dog so that returning to you becomes a positive experience.

Make sure…

– You take extreme care when using a long line to ensure people or other dogs do not get tangled in the line.

– You use in open spaces.

– You don’t use with very strong or powerful dogs.

-You clip the line to a harness to prevent jerking to the neck.

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