No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Cues become poisoned when you use them in situations where your dog doesn't always comply, and when you can't control whether he does or not. Rather than trying to fix a cue when the dog has already learned he can blow it off without consequences it's sometimes better to start from scratch using a different word. So if you've used "come" as your recall word and he doesn't always come when you use it, you'd start fresh with another recall cue, such as "here", or vice versa.
ETA: Something negative being associated with a cue can also poison it, such as using your recall word before doing something your dog finds unpleasant, such as baths, vet trips, or nail trims.
Keefer 8/25/05-4/24/19 ~ The sweetest boy
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short
Last edited by Cassidy's Mom; 01-13-2014 at 10:33 PM.