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Will you dog obey a "come" command from a stranger

A friend of mine is looking buy a 3 year old sheltie. The owner brought the dog to them and the purchaser's husband called the dogs name and "come". The dog came immediately to him and they were very impressed. I think this sealed the deal.

I wonder if my dog would obey a person she didn't know in a strange house, without being set up as in a sit/stay and come exercise. I'm going to have to test this. Any experiences?
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Re: Will you dog obey a "come" command from a stranger

All of my dogs would look at the person like "F" you! They do the same thing to people they KNOW. BUT they aren't Shelties either!

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Otto might because he's a big doofy 9 month old. Morgan, no way no how. People she knows have called her name and told her to come, she just looks at them like 'shah wrong, you ain't one of my people'. Her list of people is very short too.

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Re: Will you dog obey a "come" command from a stranger

Balto would because he loves everybody. So not Belgian-like.
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Inside the house, when treats are available, my doggie dearest most def. would. But outside, she wouldn't budge unless it was a friend.

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Re: Will you dog obey a "come" command from a stranger

I'm not sure, maybe if treats were involved. When I got Bianca she didn't really listen to commands I gave at first, (she had training before I adopted her) but then again she still won't respond to "Fuss!" even though she is supposed to know that one...
My last dog (Golden) was a therapy dog so I had to teach her that she was supposed to respond to other people, not just me. She would probably come to anyone who called her unless I had already given her a command that contradicted it (like sit, stay, come) or if I told her not to go to the person after they gave the command. Oh, or if they were across a street because she was trained not to cross streets without my ok first.


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Re: Will you dog obey a "come" command from a stranger

I honestly wouldn't want my dogs to obey a come command from a stranger. I mean, if we were playing off leash and someone decided to call one of them?

There's also a difference in a dog who obeys a formal command from a stranger and a dog who is willing to run up to a stranger when invited to come say hello. Leo typically doesn't, Grace will if it is a child or woman, generally not a man she doesn't know. Rafe my foster boy will run up to ANYONE. Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet seems to be his motto.

So... the command aspect doesn't particularly do anything for me but I do think it's a good sign that the sheltie ran right up to a stranger, since they can be just as velcro as (and considerably more nervous than) GSDs. A Sheltie that likes strangers is probably a good little dog.


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Re: Will you dog obey a "come" command from a stranger

Kenya - NO!!! She would do a come to ME.

Nikon and Coke - never tried, but they do in the context of the "come" game that we do at the training club, so they are coming to us, then the trainer, then us, then the trainer. Actually Coke has issues coming to us, lol. Right now Nikon wouldn't need a come, he wants to run and greet everyone if I let him.
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Mine would not have to be called as they would be right there, keeping a close eye on the intruder
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Re: Will you dog obey a "come" command from a stranger

No, I trained all my dogs only to respond to me and my assistant trainers


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