We use the clicker (or marker) during a lot of our training sessions. When we use the clicker we never us it to attract our dogs attention. The clicker is used when our dogs are doing the exact action we want.
Today we are going to fill you in on a fun game we do with our pups to teach them how to come when called. This exercise will help your dog understand to come to you every time you call them.
Pick a spot that is safe, fenced in or even start in your home so your pup can’t get away from you if they get distracted. Start off with two people standing about 8-10 feet apart from one another. Each person will have some soft, small sized treats and a clicker. We like to use Natural Balance food rolls for our dogs training.
When everyone is ready start calling your pup with the word “come” or “here”. Make sure everyone uses the same word in a happy tone. When the pup comes to you click, put your hand on the dogs collar and give him/her the treat.
As your pup learns the game, start increasing the distance and the distractions. You will want to start of at a short distance with little to no distraction at first to help your dog succeed in this game. Have fun and make the training sessions short. Making sessions short will keep your pups attention and your pup will learn to stay focused. Too long of a session and your pup can get distracted easy. You always want to end on a good note and the command you asked of your dog.
Tips on when to call your dog:
-Never call your dog for negative/bad things
-Never call your dog and then lock him up for the day to go to work or leave the house.
-Never call your dog to come in from play time, instead go get him.
-DO call your dog for positive/good things like dinner time, treats, walks, car rides, games, play, cuddle time.
When you teach your dog to come when called remember you may need it one day to save your dogs life so every time you call your dog it MUST be related to something positive. Then watch them come flying into your arms.
Johnny Royal not only learns to listen to mom and dad while out on walks, but also our 3 year old son Dylan. Of course mom and dad helped Johnny understand leash manners before Dylan was able to help out. Mom also makes sure to stay close by to keep full control of the situation.
We practice at the end our our road, which is not overly busy with cars, trucks or bikes. The least amount of distraction the better when everyone is learning.
Dylan works on taking direction from his parents and Johnny works on taking direction from someone other than mom or dad.
How many of you get your kids involved with training your k9 kids?
Our pit bull dogs are:
Non Judging - Patient - Understanding - Wanting to please
One of our crew member’s has a son named Noah.
Noah was at a past event we did. We asked him to help us work with Johnny a for bit, doing some clicker/behavior training.. and Noah was doing very well - we’d like to add !
**Now mind you, Noah is a naturally well mannered shy little boy. When he was asked to work with Johnny Royal he was doing this in front of about 25 people or so. That is a lot of pressure on anyone being “center of attention”. Before Johnny came out, Noah was by his mamas side, not saying too much and keeping to himself.
When Noah was placed one on one with Johnny Royal, Noah was all smiles, very outgoing, responsive, willing to learn and really seemed to enjoy helping johnny understand some commands. Plus Noah loved this clicker idea and Johnny loved the attention and TREATS ;)
Noah did excellent taking directing, following guidelines and working as a team to help Johnny progress.
Noah and Johnny are best buds and when they are together, they have 2 of the biggest smiles you could ever imagine. It is amazing how something as simple as a spending one on one time with a pup that is giving you their full attention, respect and love can change a person.
To this day when you ask Noah about Johnny Royal, his eyes light up, he gets excited/motivated and is ready to take on the next lesson.
We all have amazing children!!!
They all have a message of their own and a story to tell, they should be respected with love, devotion and kindness.
Human & Animal!