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Old 10-29-2018, 03:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Help, I may have messed up

Ok, so I was reading online about training a puppy to come. I may have messed up and "poisoned the cue" as the website has put it. I was wondering what other words anyone has used to train a puppy to come other than the word come. Also, any help with training the basic commands would be awesome. He is 2 months old and does 9 out of 10 sit commands.
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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"here" "with me" are the two I use for my dogs. Too many people use "come". I mean, he is a dog so you can use whatever word you want. They don't speak English, they just learn that mix of sounds means you want them to come to you. Reward him coming to whatever sound you want and he'll figure it out.
He's wicked cute btw.
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Thank you!!! I appreciate it.
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I double dog dare you to use "cheeseburger" as your recall command. LOL!
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LMAO on "cheeseburger". I just want to add that I have always trained my dog to associate a hand signal with the verbal command. It is no harder and offers the benefit of silent commands. For example, I too use the command "HERE" when I want them to come to me but at the same time I tap my chest two times quickly. It only takes a few times for them to learn that either the word or the gesture means the same thing. I use different commands and gestures for "sit", "stay", "down", "leave it", "by me" etc.

I've used this on every dog I've owned and most of the time I only use gestures for commands. The two I have now have them down real good.


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Puppy Culture is an excellent training resource. From the same author/trainer of "When Pigs Fly".

I had to laugh--I have a friend that uses cheeseburger as one of her recall/reward cues, too!

Starting over with a new cue may be the easiest. You can rebuild value on the old cue later if you want, but wait a few months if the taint was really bad. I assume you accidentally called your dog because you found a tinkle or chewed shoe and were really annoyed...

It helps to think of your recall cue(s) as being a reward trigger, especially in the early days of building the behavior. The reward can be play and/or treats with boatloads of praise. I like to think of it as a party. Tug play is especially helpful because it puts the focus on your value--being with you becomes the reward.

jttr mentioned hand signals. Signals are great to incorporate from the beginning. When you do on-lead training, think about what the dog sees as you gather up the lead as they return. Your arm movement is a scooping motion across your chest--the universal "come to me" signal. Exaggerate, especially the first arm motion. Dogs are extremely astute at reading body language. They will understand the arm movement before and often better than a verbal cue.

I actually use several, each with a somewhat different meaning. Come is our "formal" recall ending in a front-sit, "here" is casual (for hiking and the like; it's the recall I use that accompanies "too far" long line training), and "yahoo!" is my emergency-only super recall. I reserve a special recall that is learned and practiced in a very structured way (hide and seek, almost always with a helper to hold the dog). Sessions are well-prepared often in new environments. This training comes later after lots of long line work and when the dog is more mature. And I know "yahoo" has never been tainted--ever. Backyard recalls are pretty much anything that means cookie, treat, or dinner--dogs usually figure out these alternate recalls all on their own. Names of play items (tug, ball, flirt pole) also become casual alternate recalls.

Just remember that if you enjoy training, so will your dog. Humans often look at work as a 4 letter word, but dogs love work. Our goal needs to be to not spoil the pleasure of a dog's work, LOL. Happy training!

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Thank you. I have been noticing that he is picking up on small things on his own just by repetition. My baby is only 2 and a half months old. Does anyone know what I should be focusing on now at his age? What should I avoid training him on until he is older? He is extremely smart. I bought a toy for him that is a mental game and it is a level 2. He has only played with it a handful of times and he is already picking up on the different movements required to get the treats.
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I use ‘here’ for recalls which has Michaela racing to sit in front for a treat, and, as part of the game, I’ll tell her, ‘okay, go’, so she takes off again. I’ll call her again when she’s about 40 ft away and she’ll come racing back. Rinse, repeat. It’s almost a game of tag except she’s doing all the work. Her emergency recall word is Landshark.

Have you tried Puppy Ping Pong? Get a group of friends/family (with treats) to sit in a circle with puppy in the middle. Have someone say pup’s name, make kissy noises and otherwise encourage puppy to come to them. The person calling does not use the word ‘come’ (or whatever word you want to use) until puppy is standing in front of them. Then it’s ‘come’, ‘good puppy!’, treat (only 1 treat). Next person does the same, and so on. Eventually puppy will be pinging back and forth between everyone.

There’s also Doggie Zen, which teaches self control - to get the treat, you must leave the treat. You can google it for the various steps. I taught Riley the game when he was a couple of months old.

Then there's ‘watch me’, where you want your pup to focus on your face. Say pup’s name or make a noise to get pup’s attention. A split second glance is good enough to start, reward well. Eventually add, ‘watch me’ with the noise, then drop the noise as pup gets better at looking at you. Keep rewarding for longer and longer attention. It’s a really useful command.

Other than that, there’s hide and seek with you, or ‘find it’ with a favorite toy. Put a bunch of tennis balls on a muffin tin, with a treat hidden under one. Riley would sniff around to find the treat, Michaela took the direct approach and flipped the tin.
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