One of the first commands any dog should be taught is to come when called. Not only is this an important command from a safety point of view, it establishes you as the alpha in your dog's pack. Bear in mind, the 'come' command means stop what you are doing right now and come to me. It does not mean your dog can make up his own mind as to when to respond. When you give him this command, he must not hesitate or try to run away.
The best time to teach your dog the 'come' command is when he is just still a puppy. Not only is this the age at which dogs learn the fastest, this command is one of a group of four basic commands every dog needs to have mastered before moving on to teaching any other commands or tricks.
The task is pretty simple, you will be training your dog to come the moment your call out his name followed by the command word, for example, "Rover Come!" Learning to do this may prove to be vital to your pup's health, it could save his life if he starts running towards a busy street. The good news, this is a relatively easy command for your pup to learn. The bad news, it can take him several weeks to do so.
The earlier you start training your Corgi to come on command the faster he will learn, of course, you can train any dog to come. It just takes longer with some older dogs. One thing to keep in mind is some dogs may never learn to come on command 100 percent of the time, it's just not in their nature.
Since the 'come' command is one of the four basic commands your Corgi should know, the list of training supplies is pretty minimal. You may find these basic supplies come in handy when you get ready to train your pup to come.
You wouldn't think getting your Corgi dog to come would be that hard. At least not until you try it for yourself. Corgis are highly intelligent and learn quickly, but they have a mind of their own that often leads to stubbornness. Be patient and your pup will soon master this vital skill.
We are using the The Turn and Run Method and I think that at home he has pretty good sence on how to come when called but - how to add the distractions? Should we start with such at home?
Thank you in advance for your advise on that :).
Kasia and Leon
Hello Katarzyna, Start with small distractions and work your way up to harder ones as he improves. To do this, purchase a thirty to fifty-foot leash and attach it to him for safety and so that you can reel him in with the leash if he does not come. You do not want him to be able to ignore you around distractions or he will learn that come is optional, and it is not. If you have been practicing inside your house, then the next step is your back yard, then your front yard, then in your neighborhood when there are no cars around, then at a very calm park, then at a slightly busier park, then outside a dog park with dogs in the background, then everywhere else. The specifics of where you practice do not matter really. As long as you are starting with easier distractions and gradually moving onto harder ones as he improves. Also be sure to practice around a variety of distractions, such as smells, water, people, dogs, other animals, and different environments. The more that you practice around one particular type of distraction, the better he will get at coming around that distraction, but dogs do not always generalize well. If he learns to come around people, he will not necessarily come around dogs, unless you practice around dogs too and vice versa. Also, wonderful picture of Leon coming! Keep up the good work. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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