Practice the commands from a distance
When you give a command, it is important to gradually increase the distance between you and the dog. Take two steps back, then four, ten, and so on, until the dog obeys you even it you are 50 meters (50 yards) away. It is very important to have control over a dog that is far away from you, because the biggest problems occur when the dog is at some distance from YOU. Thedevice is indispensable to have your dog respect your command from a distance, because often, the voice is not enough to incite the dog to obey you when you cannot reach him.
"O.K.": A release cue trees the dog from the command
A dog trained to execute a command without rewards should stay in position until he hears the release cue “O. K.”.
The sequence could then sound like this: 'SIT - OK. – SR SOUND + GOOD!' Uttering another command eliminates the necessity to say "O. K.". For example, say something like this: 'SIT - DOWN - STAND - OK. - 'GOOD!". After having formulated the last command, conclude with 'OK.', which trees the dog from the sequence of commands he has just received.
“ COME” (Recall): Recall is at the very base of redirecting a dog. Dogs can run much taster than you can. In heavy snow, for example, recall saves you from having to run after your dog. A puppy naturally reacts well to recall, but as he becomes self-assured with age, he wants to be independent. When he hears your recall command, give him a small treat when he promptly returns by your side.
Owners often make the mistake of showing their dog that it is acceptable not to come back to them it he is busy sniffing and exploring the environment. The message the dog receives is that the signal "COME" does not mean “come back to me", but rather, "why don't you sniff and explore the environment" instead. Therefore, begin using recall in a place where the dog will not be distracted (at home, for example).
- Call your dog by saying: “NAME + COME”.
- Quickly back up and shake the lure; give him a signal to come towards you, with your hand closed.
- When the dog comes to you, congratulate him by giving him the SR "SOUND + GOOD!" ; reward him by petting him and giving him a treat ( , ...) when he reaches your side.
- If the dog doesn't come to you promptly, walk in the opposite direction and call your dog once more. When he comes to you, congratulate him with the SR "SOUND + GOOD!", but withhold the treat.