Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
For me a whistle is very effective. I got one of those metal whistles you can adjust that for the most part are at a higher pitch than humans can hear.. I spent about half an hour with him in the back yard.. put him a 15 foot line in the yard and took his favorite toy (the loudest squeaker) and a bag of treats with me. I'd make him sit and then walk away. I'd call him and blow the whistle. The whistle got his attention and he knew I wanted him to come, but it was the toy that actually got him to come.. I repeated this over and over for a while giving him treats for coming of course and after just one little training session we can go out anywhere and if I blow that whistle he comes. I realize not all dogs are the same so I'm pretty lucky, but hey it might work for you. Pups do get a little rebellious, but they remember things pretty well unless you quit having them do it. You just have to reinforce your previous training and get a little routine going to ensure it sticks. Every morning, Blitz and I go over the basics, sit, lay down, stay, wait, come, go to your spot, go to your crate and shake (semi useless, but entertaining). Takes us about 10 minutes, but he gets a treat so he isn't complaining yet.
Proud Owner of Blitz
White German Shepherd
1.5 Year Old (Born 12/10/09)