Training Tip Thursday: Building a Reliable Recall – Tip #2
Recall Tip #2: Never call your dog to you for something that he does not want to do, such as clipping nails.
Why? You want your dog to learn that good things happen when he comes to you. If at times you call your dog to you in order to do unpleasant things that he does not enjoy doing, he is going to think, “Hmmm … if I go to her this time, am I going to get a yummy piece of cheese or is she going to stick me in the bathtub and give me a dreaded bath?” If you have to do something that your dog does not want to do, simply go put a leash on him or pick him up (and don’t say anything to him). The key with building a reliable recall is teaching the dog that coming when called results in good things, that coming when called reaps valuable rewards. Stay tuned for next week’s tip! 🙂