Training your Shih Tzu to come when called is an effective way to avoid a situation such as this and keep your furry friend safe, even when they are off-leash.
While you are training the 'come' command, there are a few things to keep in mind. Never ask your pup to come for something they dislike, such as a bath or having their nails clipped. You want the word "come" to be associated with positive things so your dog is more likely to respond. Also, if your Shih Tzu doesn't come right away, don't chase after them. Most dogs love to play chase and you running after them will only encourage them to keep running.
Skillet is 1 and does not come on command and only comes when you say her name over and over and shake a snack bag and when she sees it and here’s it she eventually comes help
Hello Lily, It sounds like Skillet thinks coming is optional and only comes when she wants to. You need to teach her to come regardless of whether or not she wants to and you need to only say the command only one time, loud enough for her to hear you, and then enforce it and make her come. Follow the "Reel Them In" method from the article "How to Train a Shit tzu to Come When Called" above. Regularly practice the come command on a long, thirty or fifty foot leash. Take her to a variety of places with distractions and practice telling her to come one time in an excited tone of voice, reeling her in with the leash right away if she does not come, and then having her sit before you tell her "Okay" and let her go explore again. If she comes willingly the first time, then reward her with a treat and release her again quickly to go play. If you have to reel her in to get her to come, then after you release her again, call her back as soon as she is distracted again and repeat the whole thing. Repeat the training several times in a row until she comes willingly five times in a row after any time that she ignores your come command. You are teaching her through your own consistency that you are going to backup what you say and the sooner she comes, the sooner she can go back to what she was doing before. Around the house, when you are there to supervise her, keep a six foot leash without a handle attached to a harness on her. Practice randomly calling her to yourself. If she comes, reward her, and then let her go right back to what she was doing before. If she does not come, then quietly but quickly go up to her and step on the end of the leash that is attached to her, and run her back over to the spot that you were originally standing in when you first called her. Have her sit there, and then release her. Repeat this until she comes willingly five times in a row while inside. When she comes five times in a row, then take a break and let her go back to what she was doing for a while. Surprise her by calling her again later. Practice in real life and around distractions, and consistency are how you teach a dog to come when they do not want to. First you must teach a dog the meaning of a command, which it sounds like you have done, but then you have to teach the dog how to do that command at all times, and that requires work. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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