Originally Posted By: tchandlerThank you soo much for your tips! MrLeadFoot, i have been doing that exercise with Alice and Rambo together for a few days now. Should i separate them when i do it?
I absolutely recommend that you separate them when doing it. You also need to be careful with multiple dogs in that they can bond MORE with each other than with you, so you're not supposed to keep them together ALL the time. Personally, I believe doing so "dilutes" your relationship just enough to cause "challenging" effort on the dog's parts, because if the other dog doesn't listen, too, then he's got a buddy for mischief, you know what I mean?
Quote:Also, what kind of treats do you recommend i use? right now they seem to like hotdogs cut into quarters. any other suggestions?
Some members on this forum know that I am not a big believer in bribing a dog with treat, although I do use them to teach things, but not to reinforce so much, because I personally believe that too easily results in giving them a choice to come for a treat when they want it, but not come if they decide that NOT obeying is worth NOT getting the treat. So, I just use regular kibble when I teach, just so they know that what I'm teaching is something positive and my dog knows that because the ritual of receiving a treat for doing something is just a little something that they get used to so they know I am trying to teach them something.
Something else I don't like about treats is that treats are also given to show love, so dogs can get to thinking it's just a love gesture, so treat effectiveness while training and teaching can get diluted. Again, this is only MY opinion.
Another tip might be that when you do have play time, preferrably in an enclosed area for now, that you sneakily throw in a come command, and if he comes praise like heck, then put a leash on him. Praise some more, then let him go, praising him again. It could be that you've unintentionally conditioned the dog into thinking that when he's doing something interesting to him, that when you have him come to you, it means play time is over. So, doing this exercise often can teach him that come doesn't necessarily mean play time is over.
Another thing that might be happening is that you tell him to come too many times over the course of the day. Owners often do this when they themselves are nervous about their dog not coming, so when they're out playing and the owner senses a situation, like another dog showing up at a park, or kids playing or whatever, that they better tell the dog to come, and end up doing it all the time. Now, the dog is desensitized to the command. If this is the case, start training again from scratch using a completely different command word, but use all the positives that I mentioned, including the "come" game in the previous post.
Other things that can contribute to problems in this area is chasing your dog when playing, or when he doesn't come. Now, he thinks "come" is a game. Another reason to change commands, and in the future when he doesn't come when called once or twice, nonchalantly mosey over to him calmly, leash him then show him what you want by taking him over to the spot you were at when you issued the command. And, stop chasing him, even when playing, period.