Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Clicker? Other ideas? Slightly long)
I got Della as a 8-10 month old (rescue) and so had to not only start training her, but also "untrain" her as well. I have had her since Sept. and we have come a long way. Inside she will sit, down, stay, come, and shake. Outside she will sit and shake, sometimes down, but doesn't respond to come or stay. A bigger problem is when it is time to come in she does not want to come in and has done this since day one. I have gotten some improvement, but not what I want and need her to do. At this point she acts like she is deaf and doesn't respond to anything. Treats work for a day, squeaker toy works once-twice maybe, etc. I basically give her the come or in command twice, then shut the door. I go back every 10-15 minutes and try again, several times until she finally comes in on her own. Occasionally, if she is barking or I run out of time, I will go out and "escort" her back in, but not punish her.
So, my question is what type of training would be best for this? Would a clicker get her attention when she is "acting deaf" and/or are clickers a good way to go for everything? Is there another way to get her to respond to my command to come in? Please help as this is frustrating at times.