Re: Clicker + "Come!" questions
It's really important to break down a behavior into tiny steps and reward for each of those steps, if you want a good solid enthusiastic response from the dog. When I start out, I do as some of the others mentioned - I mark the recall behavior as soon as it starts. I also praise the ENTIRE time as the dog runs to me. The sit in front is inconsequential to me at the beginning - I add that in later when I have a good, fast, solid recall.
Now, you could also backchain the entire behavior, starting with the sit in front and then adding in the recall starting at just a few feet away and gradually working at longer distances. I don't do it this way because the recall section of it is more important to me (both for a companion dog and a competition dog) than the actual sit in front. In real life, they need to come to me quickly and reliably. On trial day, they can still qualify if they sit crooked or even don't sit at all, but they're not going to qualify if they don't come to me. So I want the "running to me" part to get the most emphasis. I teach the sit separately (and often not for months - Tazer was probably 8-9 months old before I taught her a sit).
Whichever way you use, you need to decide now and then dedicate some time to it. An enthusiastic recall is beautiful. My young chow will sit there quietly as I walk away, and when I call her she often erupts into the air in a huge leap forward and then races to me and sits promptly in front of me. It's really neat to see.
Melanie and the gang in Alaska
Positive 1ST! More reward, less correction makes a GREAT trainer.
Chows: Khana CD RE SD & Dora NA NAJ GSD: Tazer SDIT
Total of 2UDs 3CDXs 12CDs 2REs 8AgilityTitles 1BH Chow!
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