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This is my first time on this forum. Last night my Bella and I took a assisted partner pet therapy test. She didn't pass, because when I called her to come,
she wouldn't come. We have been working on this for a while now. We passed everything else on the test, but she had to come in order to pass the test. I use the word "front" and she comes and I give her a treat when we are at home. You can't give them treats during the test. I don't know what else to do to make her come to me all the time. I get all excited to get her to
come and praise her a lot when she does. She might have been tired because
we had to wait for two hours before it was our turn and it was in the evening.
I don't know what the problem was, but soon as I head for the door she came. I think she just had enough and wanted to leave and I don't blame her. She is a wonderful dog and I have no complaints. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Have you ever tried treating her from your mouth? Like keeping treats on the side of your mouth and pulling them out for her.

I've done this with Gucci when training her, and I have found a neat little way to trick her into coming. I make a gesture with my mouth like I am chewing and/or have a treat in my mouth for her. She comes.

I've also 'faked' chewing something before and she'll come.

The idea probably sounds really corny, but give it a try. I try not to let my dog outwit me as much as SHE certainly thinks she can. lol But it is amazing how fast they will come to you when they think you are eating something!

Sorry to hear she didn't pass, but like you said..maybe it was just a long day. Especially, if she did well on all other parts of the test. I would work on come a bit more and give it another whirl in a few weeks. I know you can't use treats, but you can always make her *think* you might have a treat.

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Was it because she doesn't understand the command "come"--since you use the command "front" at home? Can you train her with a clicker and learn the delayed treat method?

I agree that she was probably just tired and wanted to go home. She is a cutie and sounds like a sweetheart. Good luck on the next test.
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When Dora was working on her CD we had this issue. Dogs can tell when you are stressed even when you say it in a happy voice. They can read a lot more into your fear than you think, and likely you were nervous about the test- tests make everyone nervous. When I was competing at first, I was completely nervous and we never had issues with the recall. I took a break from competing after Dora NQ'ed twice on the recall and just had fun training and really tried remembering that no matter what, I was going home with the best dog there and she would forgive me if I messed up. Then we went home with placements every time after that!

As to how to prepare for the next time, you take the test. I was told to put a mint in my mouth as this is suppose to cover up ring nerves before you go in for the exam-likely it needs to be gone before the exam. Also when you are training, only use the recall command once. If Bella doesn't come, use a long line and pull her toward you. Are you taking the TDI or Delta Test? If I remember correctly, you are allowed to use it more than once unlikely competing. Always use her name first to grab her attention. So, I always stop, SMILE and then say "Dora, Come."

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Sounds like she was tired...I'm sure with a little more work she will pass with flying colors.
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I'm sorry it didn't work out as you hoped. You've gotten some good advice from some seasoned owners so I hope she passes her test with flying colors next time. I think it's great that she did as well as she did; if you only have to work on one thing then good for you both!

I have noted with my dog that she is not as consistently obedient as to what I had been accustomed to. But like Kara said that just makes us more determined to outwit them

Good luck!
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I am having the same problem with Shelby. All of a sudden, she forgot what come means. When she goes outside, she will not come in when I call her. She has decided we need to make a game out of it and she will run and hide. During the day, I just leave her out there until she has had enough. But at 9or 10pm in the dark, it is a problem. I want to go to bed, and she wants to play.

I've tried treats and that doesn't work. The other night when she got close to the door, I threw a towel over her so she would stop. I think I might have to get a trainer to come to the house.


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Oh Pearl I am sorry Bella didn't pass. Just have patience.

I was just going to note that Amanda and some others have therapy dogs and they could help. When I noticed Amanda already posted her good advice.
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I am having the same problem with Shelby. All of a sudden, she forgot what come means. When she goes outside, she will not come in when I call her. She has decided we need to make a game out of it and she will run and hide. During the day, I just leave her out there until she has had enough. But at 9or 10pm in the dark, it is a problem. I want to go to bed, and she wants to play.

I've tried treats and that doesn't work. The other night when she got close to the door, I threw a towel over her so she would stop. I think I might have to get a trainer to come to the house.
Michele, Have you tried using a long lead and pulling on it when she doesn't respond? Another thing I learned from a trainer was to let them go and if they didn't respond, drop the lead and walk on it towards them, calling them at different intervals.
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Thanks for the tips, Diane. I guess I'm going to have to start from square one with her and the leash might help. Except it's cold out there at night.


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