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Learn the booster to your dog: tips and tricks for success

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Posted on November 14 2018

For walks, the reminder remains very important in the education of your dog. It is essential that your dog obey the reminder when you release it in public. If he finds himself on the side of the road or if he goes too far, it can save his life.

Recalling an obedient dog can save his life . The reminder prevents your animal from slipping between your fingers, when you let it roam without a leash. It offers you more serenity . Once mastered, the reminder gives you the certainty that your pet will return illico presto to the announcement of his name.

To successfully train your dog, training must begin very early when the dog is 6 to 8 weeks old . The older your dog, the sooner he will assimilate the lesson. How to make him understand what is said? How to bring it back? Follow the guide...

Prerequisites for learning the reminder

  • It should be known that the order of recall is often misunderstood by the dog. Masters are often happy to pronounce (or shout) the name of their companion. However, the dog hearing his name expects to receive a specific order . He thinks he's being asked to ask him something. He is waiting for the sequel while the masters believe that shouting his name will be enough for him to come back.

To avoid this kind of misunderstanding, take care to give a precise order and attach particular importance to your sign language.

  • Above all, your dog must see you to call back. Try to approach the dog to get his attention and follow the dog's name with an order such as " Snoopy, come here! " Or " Snoopy, on foot ". But always use the same expression .
  • In addition, sign language may override the recall order you give it. Indeed, your gestures of nervousness and your cries will be misinterpreted by your companion. He will know that you are not happy and will never dare to come back.

How to teach him?

  • Step 1 : Start with small exercises at home. For example, tap into your hands followed by a " Snoopy, come here! " When in a different room than you. If he answers your call, take the opportunity to congratulate him and reward him . Make the exercise fun for your dog to take as a game.
  • Step 2 : You can then go out. The first day of learning may be scary as you do not know yet how your dog will react. You have to take the risk one day and let go. Opt for a vast and enclosed space like a large private and fenced garden. You will be quieter and your dog will run more freely . It will not get lost even if you remember it when it is at the bottom of the garden.
  • Step 3 : Finally, it's time to venture into public. Take your precautions. Choose a public park or trails in which you can see your dog permanently before going through the woods where there are trees and where the dog can get lost.

Going there in a progressive way is very important. If you are patient and follow all these steps, the learning will be complete.

How to teach him?

  • Let your dog run freely and then kneel in front of your dog a short distance away. Then call him with lust by pronouncing his name well followed by " Come" or another term of your choice for him to come to you.
  • At his approach, open your arms with a broad smile as if to hug him. Show him that you are happy to see him come, he should not resist this offering. Finally, reward him with a treat or a toy.
  • Once your dog has answered your call correctly, try the exercise when your dog can no longer see you. This will force him to look for you to join you.
  • After this elementary phase, return to a walled garden to renew the operation. This time put something in his environment or someone who can distract him .
  • This preliminary step will teach the reminder to your dog in a public park where everything is likely to distract (jogger, other dogs, children ...). Use a long dressage rope to allow freedom by controlling your dog and allowing you to make a call back in real conditions. Repeat the operation several times.

What to do if your dog does not answer your calls?

Impatience could win you if your dog does not consistently obey your recalls. In this case, nervousness only lead to more frustration . It is important not to reproduce these errors . Your dog may never be able to control the recall.

  • Do not run to your dog if he does not respond to the reminder. He could take this as a game and therefore start again and again.
  • Never punish him if he does not come back immediately, or if he takes time. His perception of time is not the same as you. Punishing him for coming back, even after a while, will be counterproductive. He will associate the punishment with having answered your reminder.
  • Do not put it on a leash soon after calling it back. It is important not to tell him that the reminder is synonymous with restraint with the return to the leash.

In summary...

The indispensable :

  • Always be visible when you tell him to come back
  • Give a precise order
  • Be enthusiastic during his return and reward him
  • Be patient and teach him the step-by-step reminder

Not to do :

  • Never make big gestures of nervousness and do not yell on it
  • Do not call it only by name
  • Do not make this order a penalty
  • Do not stop the ride as soon as you give him his leash (he will know that if you call him to put his leash, it is the end of the break).

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