Training our dog to “come” was certainly a challenge. He grew up mostly as a city dog, so he was rarely off-leash. Coming when we were playing inside was never an issue, but that’s mostly because there weren’t any distractions for him. No squirrels in the hallway or birds flying by! So when we tried to train him outside with those distractions, it took some effort. If you are still learning how to train your dog to come, here’s a great way to start the process. Play a game of hide and seek!
I found this blog to be helpful when training our pup – http://www.naturaldogblog.com/blog – and one fun activity was Hide and Seek. The idea is to increase your dog’s attraction to you by engaging their prey instinct. With repetition, you become more appealing to them than any distraction (like a squirrel) that may be present. Take some time to try this fun game. Just find a secluded place to play that doesn’t have a lot of distractions (a trail in the woods is perfect). Then here’s what you do:
This game is lots of fun for your dog and helps you become the focus of their attention. Keep doing this, along with other recall training techniques, and your dog will love to come when you call him!
March 6, 2013 | Good Reads
I’m loving Lowcountry Dog Magazine – it’s always filled with great articles, good tips, and fun upcoming events. Every time I check out an article, I get sucked in and end up reading the whole thing. The latest issue is worth the read – check it out here: http://lowcountrydog.com/issue/februarymarch-2013
My favorite article was “Frazzled Fido” that starts on page 8. After just going through a big house move with our dog, I was definitely worried about his stress levels. He seems to be handling it well, though, and is enjoying lots of new perks – like more windows to look out, more sunny sleeping spots, and lots of backyard grass to roll around in. If you are worried about your dog’s stress levels, this is a neat read that provides some good tips on how to help them out.
March 3, 2013 | Training
Learning how to train your new dog? Check out this short article for some helpful tips – http://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-training/dog-training-tips/.
Here are my favorites: