gcv-border Posted December 28, 2012 Report Share Posted December 28, 2012 My dog usually has excellent 'come' command, but recently, he has decided to continue sniffing when I call him. If he is not otherwise engaged (i.e. sniffing), he readily returns to me. It seems to be getting a bit worse little by little, so I want to address it now. [i will say that many people of pet dogs would be thrilled to have a dog that comes as well as he does, but I expect a bit more from my dog.] I had a dog many years ago that gradually lost his reliable 'come' response and came to an unhappy ending. At the time, I did not realize that his response had eroded so significantly. Hindsight is 20-20. So I am a little sensitive about watching for and wanting a very reliable 'come'. I would prefer not to call him to 'come' several times, although he will always come by the second or third time I call. If I start to walk him down, he sees it and immediately runs to me. As others here have suggested, after you walk a dog down (and I am assuming the dog is still at or near where they were when you called 'come'), you put on a leash and bring them back to where you were standing. So if my dog comes running back to me when I start to 'walk him down' (maybe 2 or 3 steps on my part), do I reward him or do I snap a leash on him, and then what? I don't want to reward him for ignoring my initial command, then coming only after he sees me start towards him, or do I? Perhaps I am worrying about something insignificant, and if I am, just tell me. Jovi Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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