kkelly wrote:Any thoughts on what will motivate him to recall?
Rick Hall wrote:kkelly wrote:Any thoughts on what will motivate him to recall?
For the next couple or three weeks, NEVER call him unless he's already coming or you're certain he will, for instance to eat, play, go out or some other natural reward. (I've no experience with treat training.) "Good boy" him, too, if you like. Just be sure to associate being called with outcomes he enjoys more than whatever he was doing when called. Don't wear it out, it's not a drill, just a way of life you're easing him into. After a few weeks of that, coming when called will be becoming a conditioned response, and you can gradually start calling him when he's otherwise distracted, beginning with mild distractions and working your way up to greater ones over time.
When something goes awry, and he ignores your command go get him and physically bring him where you wanted him, with the idea being not to punish him but to ingrain the notion that ignoring you simply is not a viable option. Doing this while he's small enough to be easily caught will go a long way toward convincing him there is no escaping you, ever - as long as you never show him that he can.
There will, of course, be times when you simply cannot make a correction, and the trick there is to minimize the damage to his good conditioning by not repeating what you can't enforce and unwittingly reenforcing his awareness of your weakness. Best then to bite you tongue, still your feet and revisit the lesson in places where he can't get away with blowing you off. Play those cards right and chances are he'll forget his slip and continue on with his good conditioning as though it never happened.
Begin practicing that approach of slowly building a framework of good habits and avoiding bad ones now while he's young, and you may well avoid the need for checkcords and collars and such down the road. Know I have.
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