You’re out on a walk when your canine friend sees another dog in the distance. Your dog is big, strong, and if you don’t know his gentle nature, rather intimidating. But unfortunately, you have no way of calling him over to you when he’s not on his leash so he bounds over to this nervous looking dog who lies there shaking like a leaf. By the time you catch up with him, the other owner has pulled his nervous wreck from off the sidewalk and they’re back on their way. You only just have time to apologize before they disappear around the corner.
He’s the same when there are young children around, he just doesn’t realize his size and strength can be quite scary! If you could call him back to your feet at the first sign of trouble you’d avoid these encounters altogether.
Luckily, you can get a handle on this behavior by utilizing obedience commands to regain some control. Training your dog to respond to a simple phrase is relatively straightforward and if he’s a young puppy, eager to learn, he should respond to training in just a week. If he’s spent years running wild then kicking the habit may take a little while longer, but you can still expect to see results in a couple of weeks.
Don’t let the time put you off though, this training will help you get out of any number of potentially troublesome situations. From busy roads to terrified pets, having this level of control over your pal will only prove useful. Not to mention it will make teaching him other obedience commands a whole load easier too. It also serves as a pretty cool party trick if you can call him away from even the tastiest of food.
Before you break the cycle of wandering behavior you will need to get several things together. Treats or his favorite food will be the most important component, so ensure you have them in abundance. You will also need a quiet outside space to train in, free from the distractions of noisy kids and other pets.
You will also need to find 10 minutes a day for the next week or two until he’s mastered the training. Once you have all of the above, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude and you’re ready to get to work!
My dog doesn't come to me if we are outside and she is distracted by things like other dogs, squirrels, or an interesting thing to sniff. What should I do?
Hello Kate, Check out the Reel In method from the article linked below. Work on come using a long leash (25'-50') around distractions, starting with easier distractions first and working up to harder distractions as she improves. Start with a shorter leash or longer leash coiled up at first so you don't get pulled over. As she improves, you can increase the length and decrease the weight of the leash so that she feels like she is free but you still have a way to enforce training. Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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