Do you want your Golden Retriever to come when called, every time? Then the best time to start working with him is when he is still a puppy. Luckily, this skill is not hard to train, although it does require plenty of patience and consistency.
If you start training your Golden Retriever as a puppy, you are giving her a skill that will serve her for life. If you need to call her away from danger such as fast moving water or traffic, you will be able to rely on the fact that she will come to you when called.
The term professional trainers use for this behavior is called “recall.” As a breed, Golden Retrievers can usually be trained to have excellent recall. However, it is always critical to know your individual dog well.
Any dog can be distracted by squirrel or cat who may dart into traffic out of panic. No matter how strong your dog’s recall is, it always makes sense to keep your canine safely leashed in potentially dangerous situations.
If you want your Golden Retriever puppy to come when you call her, plan on practicing recall training early and often. Recall is a life skill for your dog. It will be most effective if you follow these tips:
Fun and Exciting: Your Golden Retriever puppy will always give you the most focus if you keep your training fun and exciting. If you find yourself frustrated, pick another time to work with him. Golden Retrievers are very sensitive to the emotional states of their owners, so be sure that you are able to bring a good attitude to training time.
Short and Sweet: As puppies age, they will develop a longer attention span. However, until about 4 months of age, it is unwise to spend more than 15 minutes training. Instead of planning one big session, spread your sessions out into several “quickies” throughout the day to make the most of your puppy’s learning window.
Long Line: Before taking your recall training outside, you will want a long leash or rope (about 25’-50’). This will allow you to enforce the recall once she has shown a basic understanding of the command.
He won't sleep on his bed, he'll just lay on the floor and get cold as a result of that
Hello Leonardo, Check out something like www.primopads.com. Some pups prefer a more solid surface or something cooler - but something like primopads will still offer a bit of insulation and support. Also, at 8 weeks old I highly recommend pup sleep in a crate at night to prevent things like destructive chewing and separation anxiety, and to help with potty training. Check out the Surprise method from the article linked below for crate training. You should be able to place something non-absorbent like primopads inside the crate safely also. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Finally, periodically sprinkle a bit of pup's dog food onto the bed (inside or out of the crate during the day). At first, show pup it's there, then just leave a few pieces there for pup to find. Periodically replace what pup ate so that pup gets into the habit of going to the bed on their own to check for treats and begins to like the bed. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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