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From: Callie (
Subject:         I'll start this and finish later
Date: October 29, 2008 at 6:19 am PST

In Reply to: say my name ;) posted by Jackie on October 29, 2008 at 5:32 am:

Cos I'm racing to work.

First -- DO NOT rush this. Because it's better you keep him on a long LONG leash (like 30 - 50 feet) than for him even *one* time to dis you! Seriously -- every single solitary time you allow him to *not* come to you and get away with it, he learns he doesn't have to listen and it will elongate and defeat your training.

Others will have suggestions but the first one is a game. Get some super high value treat (bits of meat - for mine it is bits of fruit or a cereal called Puffins that are wheat free) -- NOT just regular treats. Ramp it up for this.

Sit in a chair with him in front of you. In a 'sit' if you can do that with him. Hold a piece of treat in each hand inside your fist. Relax, look around and don't be urgent.

Then quietly just look at him and in a deadpan, normal voice speak his name ONE time. The instant his eyes shift to you shove the treat at his mouth. (not mean -- simply you've got to connect the instant his eyes seek your face **in response to the name** with the highest value treat you can manage)

Then, relax again, but once again speak his name in a normal tone and again reward **immediately** when he looks at you.

Broaden that response a bit -- you want him to literally look AT you, and look FAST when you speak his name.

Broaden further -- keep some treats in your pocket - something 'good' but with enough weight to it that you can toss them to him and just plain make a 'game' out of the name thing. You speak his name, he looks at you immediately and he gets rewarded with a tossed treat.

THEN ... I would leave him leashed in the house for a while, particularly at times when you can do this training.

The next step is to speak his name and the word "come" and he needs to move to you immediately. You do this with the leash. You say his name ONE time. And his paws should move immediately or you gently reel him in. The first time you say "That was 'come'!" and treat but thereafter he only gets the treat when he moves on his own.

THIS NEEDS TO BE INSIDE FIRST. He needs to begin to come without fail absolutely any time and the only way to ensure that is to leave him leashed in the house.

I can't say strongly enough -- do NOT speak his name and 'come' and allow him to ignore you. NOT EVEN *ONE* TIME. You will teach him literally by intermittent reinforcement that he only needs to do it "sometimes".

Again, play the game outside. But on a long long leash if you want. But you can't give him any freedom until he has that recall down pat. Because any time you call him and he doesn't respond you ARE teaching him that's 'ok'.

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