Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Dogs Name: Ch Gentry's Pretty in Pink: "Molly", and Gentry's Brandy Alexander: "Brandy" CGN (RIP)
Titles: CGN (Brandy), GrCH (Molly)
Dogs Age: 3 years, and 2 years (RIP)
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Everyone else is addressing the junkyard dog thing, so I will talk about something else. Be careful with saying "Come, come, come, come, COME!!" over and over again, because it can become what my trainer likes to call a "poisoned" word. It will simply mean nothing because you said it too many times with no response.
Try a long lead, and when you call him, say his name, followed by "come" once. For example, for me, it would be Brandy, come (with a hand signal)!! Then you can make whatever enticing noise or treat you want, to make him come. If he comes to you, then you should praise him like it is the best thing in the world! If he doesn't come after many noises (whistling, clapping, jumping excitedly), then you can bring him in with the lead, but praise him as he goes, as if he is coming to you by himself.
For leash training, whenever Brandy gets to the end of the leash, my trainer says to say Steady! and turn the opposite way. You can randomly turn and change direction while saying Look out! so that he knows you are in control, and you are picking the direction.
You can also try a treat that he never ever gets unless he comes to you. This way, he associates COME! with some delicious food, so when he hears COME when he is outside, he thinks HOT DOG TIME! or something to that extent.
Anyway, I think a trainer could really help you with your dog, because they all have different ways of learning. Try an obedience class that addresses recall and leash walking specifically!
"Whenever I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it's a sure sign that the animal has somehow outfoxed them."
- Tom Dorrance
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