An Easy Way to Teach a Big Puppy to Come When Called

By: David Codr

Published Date: March 14, 2018

Takota - An Easy Way to Teach a Big Puppy to Come When Called

For this Omaha dog training session, we worked with Takota, a 6-month-old German Indian Dog who has been chewing on things, playing too roughly with the family’s other dog and doesn’t come when called.

German Indian dogs can look intimidating, but they are usually a super friendly, playful breed. Takota was no exception. He came right up to me to say hi, muzzled on my leg a bit then let me come in without any jumping.

When I sat down, I noticed he didn’t show much respect for personal space and was kinda pushy about a few toys. I started off by showing his guardians how to play fetch with him as he liked to get and bring the toy back, he just didn’t like to drop it.

After showing Takota’s guardians how to get him to drop, we discussed his daily exercise as it related to his chewing on rugs, counter surfing and playing too roughly with their little Yorkie Moose.

I explained that when Takota was chewing the rug or getting into “trouble” they should interpret that as him saying “I need more exercise. Lets go out for a fetch.” I also suggested they keep an exercise journal for a week and include behavior problems along with the time they occurred. This will help the humans identify how often Takota needs exercise and give them the opportunity to provide it before he gets into trouble.

Next up I wanted to show the guardians how to train a dog to come when called.

Teaching a dog to come when called is pretty easy if you follow the steps I outlined in the video above. The benefit of this combination of positive dog training exercises is it really helps the humans and and dog practice throughout the day.

Frequently when Im working with a dog who wont come when called, I suggest the guardian change the command word. This gives you a sort of blank slate to train a dog to recall without the confusion of the use of the old command word.

The exercise above combined with passive training and a new word should produce a dog who comes when called every time.

To help the guardians remember the other dog behavior tips I shared in this in home dog training session, I shot a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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This post was written by: David Codr