Training a dog to come back to you from a distance is considered to be one of the more challenging tasks, as you are asking your dog to return to you when he is interested in doing something else or being elsewhere. But, if you don't train him to come back on your command, he could simply run off and get lost or be injured, or worse. It is only natural for a dog to want to roam and explore his world, it is your job to teach him to come back to you when you call him.
There is nothing worse than having to worry about your dog running loose just because the front door is open, or the gate didn't get closed properly. At the same time, you don't want to treat your dog like he is a prisoner in his own home or yard. Long lead or as it is also known, long leash, long line, or check cord training is one of the fastest and best ways to train your furry friend to come each time you call him.
The basic command is "Come!", meaning that no matter what your dog happens to be doing when you call his name and use the command, you want him to immediately stop what he is doing and return to you. This is one of the most important things you can teach your pup to do, as it could easily save his life at some point. Imagine if your dog was just about to step out onto a busy street and he ignored your command to 'come'.
While the command and the anticipated response are relatively simple, it can take a while for the concept to set in and for your dog to learn to come to your command whether or not he is on a long lead. You can use this method of training on both puppies and adults. In fact, the earlier you start this type of training, the faster your pup is likely to learn what is expected of him.
When it comes to getting started, you don't need much in the way of equipment. You need a long leash, most trainers recommend one between 30 and 50 feet long. Never use one of those retractable leashes as this is not what they are designed to be used for. The ultimate goal is for your dog to come anytime you call without the need for any kind of leash. Supplies needed include:
Keep in mind that the idea of a long lead is to allow it to trail out behind your dog without your interference. He needs to feel as though he is free to wander until he gets to the end of the line, at which point you should be commanding him to come. Remember to use a firm commanding voice that lets your dog know you mean business while at the same time make sure you have a treat for him when he does what he is being asked to do.
He won’t listen when out on dog walks,he won’t listen to normal commands such as sit and paw etc and doesn’t always respond to his name
Hello Rebecca, I suggest enrolling in an intermediate obedience class. A basic obedience class and most initial training information, teaches a dog what a command means, and works up to the dog performing that command in calm locations. The purpose of an intermediate class is for pup to work on those same commands but build up to higher distractions and phase out food rewards, so that pup is reliable with training even when there isn't a treat present. Long leashes, drag leashes, practicing a lot around gradually harder locations, and making rewards more intermittent can all be useful when working on obeying around distractions, and you being able to enforce a command calmly. For example, if your dog isn't coming, clip on a long leash and practice the Reel In method until your dog comes willingly five times in a row, every time they don't respond to come in your yard or home. Also, proactively practice Come on the long leash at places like parks, so that pup learns to come around distractions - being rewarded if they come willingly and calmly and quickly reeled in with the leash if they do not. Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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As you can see vinny is gorgeous but he has an issue with over excited greeting. He jumps up and mouths people. He's very calm with us and has stopped doing it totally bit not with visitors or strangers in the park.
We keep him on a trading lead for this reason as we have had people shout at us! I've tried clicker, whistle and now high frequency battery operated device, but nothing really stops him. He's just so excited 😆
I would love to know how to stop this habit as it's quite stressful and he misses out on cuddles and petting from people as he's so over the top!
Hello Lucy, Check out the video linked below. Pay attention to not only the jumping they work on but also the other things they practice that help pup with impulse control and respect as well. Recruit friends to be guests or 'strangers' you meet on walks, and practice with friends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcwvUOf5oOg Start with the above, it is likely to work if you practice a lot with people (you will have to intentionally set up practices with friends regularly). If he continues to do it or learns not to do it while on a leash but does it while off-leash, you can move onto remote collar training and use a stimulation based collar (not citronella and not noise). This should be done on his "working level" which is the lowest level he indicates he can feel, with a high quality collar - such as e-collar technologies, garmin, dogtra, or sportdog, and combined with positive reinforcement and clear directions so that pup understands why he is being corrected and how to avoid it. Don't simply put the collar on and start pushing buttons. I suggest finding a good private "balanced" trainer (meaning they use corrections AND positive reinforcement), who is very experienced with e-collar use and comes well recommended by their previous clients, to help you if you end up needing to go this route. Check out James Penrith from Take the Lead Dog Training and Jeff Gellman from SolidK9Training for how to videos about stimulation based e-collars to learn more about their use. Both trainers have youtube channels with how to videos. On their channels, search things like e-collar working level, e-collar fitting, e-collar and timing, and how to train with e-collar. The put in the time and work to train without an e-collar first though, because either way that foundation needs to be laid. There aren't shortcuts in dog training. Even good e-collar training takes a lot of time and work. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Our doggo Leo associates recall or coming towards us (our word is “touch”) which having the leash put on him. He stays away from us when off leash to make sure we can’t get close enough to put it back on. So even when we have a treat in our hand he will either ignore us outright or won’t ever come close enough to let us grab him and put the leash back on. We have tried getting him to “touch” and not putting the leash back on to disassociate the two things but nothing works. We are about to start with the long lead method. Do you thing that method will help?
Hello! Yes that is one of the best ways to teach recall. Some dogs get so confused (as you have experienced) because we call them for so many things. So yes, get a long lead. Call him to you, pull him in and then have him sit, reward with a treat. Practice this in many different settings so he will perform it despite what. is going on around him.
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Hello - whilst Penny is delightful in the house and will wait and recall there are increasing times where she has such a strong desire to seek out a rabbit hole or fox trail and just goes only returning when she wishes. The phot above was this week when we were no where near a shrubby hedge area as we have been avoiding these when she just looked across to the other side of the field and was off... only to return having looked like she’s been down a hole! I was within reach a couple of times but she is oblivious of my presence and heads back into the thicket. We have tried avoiding the risks however now at a point of fearing letting her off the lead which is not what we want. Any advice helpful many thanks
Hello Fiona, Check out the article I have linked below and the Premack Principle section and section on using a long leash for training around distractions. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-to-come-when-called/ Also, check out this trainer's youtube channel. He often deals with off leash training dogs who have a high prey drive, like dogs who livestock chase and live in rural areas. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoxuNKpmUs390K7x_rvgjcg Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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