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Old 02-11-2014, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my 1 1/2 yr old GSD will not come in when it's time for bed. He runs from me and will not come inside or let me get anywhere near him. I have not done obedience training yet. Just got him about a month ago. I need some advice.


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Old 02-11-2014, 10:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Definitely invest in obedience training as soon as you can. It's a great thing and I just started last night..... It's literally the very first thing we're working on in my class. In the meantime, keep him on the leash and stand in front of him. Move backwards quickly calling his name until he comes and then reward him immediately with praise and a treat. Movement is the key when calling him. Repeat with him until he comes willingly each time.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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dont call him if you know he isnt going to come. every time you call and he doesnt come it just reenforces him in his mind that he doesnt have to come.

also why the heck would the dog come inside for bed when outside is so fun? you need to work on making yourself more fun before your dog is going to WANT to come to you. go outside and call him and when he comes (use a long line if he doesnt want to come) play with him for a few minutes then take him inside. after awhile he'll come running when you call him, even if you're standing inside.

even now when my dog has a solid recall, i will stand inside the door and peak my head out and call him. once he gets to me i whip a ball out from behind my back and we play (while i close the door behind him). sometimes i only play for 30 seconds but coming inside is never boring for the dog. you can give a treat instead of a toy. or you can call your dog and then run inside and hide. recall is a game, not a command.
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This is our first winter with a huge yard and mine are not to quick coming in these days. It's the first thing I'm working with them on when it gets warm out. They listen but they can be really slow about it, all they want to do is play. They are great when they are out one at a time. It is a training issue. Mine all have obedience training , I just have to enforce it.
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Grab the loudest squeaky toy you have, stand inside the door, call out his name and squeak it. Make it fun for him to come inside. Reward him with the toy and say good boy " or how ever you want to praise him." After a few times, when he hears that toy; he will come running for the fun time.
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Feed him the majority of his daily meal when its time to go to bed. He'll come everytime.
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How do you call him? When we become frustrated, or we expect to be frustrated, that tone carries in our voices...and no self-respecting dog will answer to that tone of voice.

Do you REALLY want him to come to you?

You have to call the dog as if you GENUINELY want the dog at your side. It is not a chore. There are no time limits. This is not a scenario where I NEED the dog to appear within three minutes...

This is a scenario where you need the dog to be *driven* to appear within seconds.

Start with a crazy, happy voice, reward with sharp cheddar cheese. Rinse and Repeat!
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You have to call the dog as if you GENUINELY want the dog at your side. It is not a chore. There are no time limits. This is not a scenario where I NEED the dog to appear within three minutes...
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what? the dog should come immediately no matter the situation. should the dog finish sniffing all the bushes and then he can come? lol what kind of advice is this?
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So my 1 1/2 yr old GSD will not come in when it's time for bed. He runs from me and will not come inside or let me get anywhere near him. I have not done obedience training yet. Just got him about a month ago. I need some advice.


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So my 1 1/2 yr old GSD will not come in when it's time for bed. He runs from me and will not come inside or let me get anywhere near him. I have not done obedience training yet. Just got him about a month ago. I need some advice.


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If he's not trained, he has absolutely no idea what you're asking him to do. As far as he's concerned, you're playing with him (I know "chase" was my dog's favorite game at that age). Keep him leashed outside until you guys can get a good obedience foundation- it's much less of a headache. Don't worry- with some OB homework he'll get the hang of it quickly
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