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This is one of the most crucial commands that every dog should know. Dogs that are reliable off-leash get to have more freedom, fun and exercise. They secret to teaching this is to always set your dog up for success and then reward them for succeeding. Follow these few tips to get started.
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this video is about the first building block of having a dog that is reliable off leash I'm talking about of course coming when called first of all I would introduce the key to teaching this reliably and effectively to any dog we have to ensure that every single time the dog comes to us it has a very pleasant consequence for them never ever call your dog for something that they're not going to enjoy for some dogs this might be getting their nails trimmed or going home from the park every dog is different but if you know your dog then you will know the things that they like and the things they don't like say the word come only before they get all the good things for example call your dog before going for a walk so they're calm good girl before they get to play with toys come and before dinner come the key is to protect your Kube if we say the word come without being in a position to enforce it and the dog chooses not to come then what we've actually taught the dog is that the word come means nothing never say the word come unless a you're sure that the dog is going to do it or be your able to enforce it with a long leash I want to show you an exercise that you can work on with your dog in a distracting setting to help teach them to come for this you're going to need a long line preferably 20 to 30 feet some treats that your dog really loves clicker or a strong verbal marker like yes and a lot of consistency remember to always practice on the long line until your dog is fully reliable reason why it is so important to keep your dog in a long leash is because there is no other way to set them up for success you to start off with the shorter distance at first if you have done your homework your dog should respond fairly easily okay come good girl very good okay you see what I did there as soon as she turned towards me I clicked to let her know that I liked what she just did and her reward is on its way if you're not using a clicker you can say a word like yes or simply start praising the dog avoid the common mistake of waiting until they're all the way in front of you to praise them if you've tried this and your dog is not responding to the word come it could be for a number of reasons maybe the food that we're using isn't high enough in value or they simply prefer to sniff at this point in time what you can do here is to use the long leash and give it a gentle tug to guide the dog towards you you don't want to yank or pull on the leash hard you just want to show them that this is what you expect them to do as you're doing this encourage your dog by talking to them in a happy tone of voice this is probably far more overlooked than anything else when teaching a dog to come get in the habit of releasing your dog every single time to go back to whatever they were doing oh snap we want to convey the message that just because they've been called doesn't mean the fun is over it just means that you have to come and then you can go back to whatever you were doing the idea is that eventually the release will become the real reward so you will no longer have to feed them treats every single time if your dog likes to fetch this would be a good time to throw a toy for them to go after so they have come yes go get it good job when you start to build on distance timing will have a big impact on how quick the dog responds notice how high time the clicks here say I come good girl Thalia come good today I come good job I think it's important to say that no amount of training will make the dog 100% reliable but you can get pretty close practice in different environments and always quit while you're ahead teaching something slowly always produces better results this is one of those things you really can't teach as a task or a chore you do have to be very patient and consistent but teaching a dog to do anything is about making it a fun and enjoyable experience