You’re new in his whirlwind of a life, but your rescue dog is quickly becoming relaxed in his new home. While he is settling in well, he’s lacking somewhat on the training front, though. You’ve managed to get him to ‘sit’ and lay ‘down’, but other commands are proving trickier. When you’re out on walks, for example, he bolts into the distance as soon as he sees another dog. Even if there is a busy road in between, there’s no stopping him. You don’t want to have him on a leash constantly on walks, so you need to get him to come over to you when called.
Succeed with this training and you could save him from being in a serious accident one day. He may wander into the road, causing an accident and injuring himself or others. He may also scare other dogs if he sprints towards them and may end up getting bitten.
Fortunately, training your dog to come to you when called isn’t as difficult as many think. He may not have been well trained before he came to you, but with the right motivation, you can swiftly remedy that. You simply need to find the right mouth-watering incentive and be consistent with training. Do this and he’ll fall into line in no time. It will be easiest if he’s young, as he should be receptive and eager to please. It could take just a few days. If he’s older and particularly set in his ways then you may need a couple of weeks before you see consistent results.
Get this training right and you’ll be able to swiftly call him away from any approaching danger and unpleasant situations. This could well save him from injury and you from expensive vet bills.
Before your work begins you’ll need a few bits. Food or treats will play an important role. If you can break his favorite food into small pieces, this will work best. Also get hold of his favorite toy and a whistle.
You’ll need 15 minutes each day for training. To start with, you can practice in the yard, but as he gets the hang of it you’ll need to practice on walks where there are more distractions around.
The only other thing you need is patience. Once you’ve got all of that you’re all set!