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I am sure this has been addressed before, but I am curious.. do any of you have a great deal of trouble getting your babies to come to you when called? When my guys are outside, whether together or alone, they RARELY come when called unless I yell "treat" in a high squeaky voice.... Any ideas? I'm getting the feeling that they know if they wait, I'll eventually get to the treat business...
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You babies are training you well. Are you calling them sternly or do you have a happy come play voice when you call them in? When you let them go out you need to open the door and call them in a play voice and have a treat in your hand for doing what they are asked to do when they all get inside. You can start out just treating them for the action of coming in and then move to they have to sit and down or stay when they come in and get the treat. Then start treating every other time you call them in and slowly back off on the treats. The reward system is wonderful and once they are conditioned to do what you want them to do they will not need the treats as often. They will always know the playful voice to come in and eventually won't need to have the treats.

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Great ideas! I usually start in a happy, bouncy voice, but when the ignore me, I probably get a bit cranky! It is a bit funny the way they stop what they're doing, look up, and then completely turn away and ignore me. It reminds me of my children when they were about 2! I usually don't start with the treat in my hand, so that is a good idea. If they do come in when called the first time, they know to follow me to the fridge to get their turkey treat.
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I had the same problem! My trainer suggested I start over again from the beginning, using a new word (instead of "come" I now use "here"). I was doing clicker training so we started from them being on the leash and worked up to coming in from outside. It helped!

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Oh how frustrating - everyone has great information. The other thing is to make sure you never use your recall word "come" for discipline. Hard to remember that's why a specific, different word for recall is a great idea. I love "here".


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I am sure this has been addressed before, but I am curious.. do any of you have a great deal of trouble getting your babies to come to you when called? When my guys are outside, whether together or alone, they RARELY come when called unless I yell "treat" in a high squeaky voice.... Any ideas? I'm getting the feeling that they know if they wait, I'll eventually get to the treat business...
Mine are the exact same way. Not only do I have to say treat, but I have to show it too. Brando is definitely more likely to come to me than Bogart. Bogart has his own wandering spirit.
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Yep, Kona just sits there, looking at me, then bounces away happily.. *huff* I am working with him using "here" command and not "come". with a clicker and treat. They aer just like kids... they come if they want to.. LOL Kona just thinks I am playing a game with him I think
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Can they give you a look, or what? I love that over the shoulder, "are you kidding me?" look they both get when I call them! It would be funny if it wasn't frustrating. We have knicknamed our little guy Elliot, "Ferdinand" because he always has to smell every flower, rock, stick, etc. before he will come in!
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