Training your dog is an important task and a difficult one at that. Continuous repetition of the same practice, again and again, may make your dog accustomed to the trick.
Some days ago, I saw a pet owner running after his dog, who seemed to have a lot of extra energy. But when the owner called his dog by its name, the dog stopped and started running toward his master.
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All pet owners name their pets and wish to see them respond to the names given to them. If you want your pet to come when you call them, this guide is for you.
Training your dog friend to come is as simple as teaching him to sit or shake your hand. The only thing it requires is continuous practice throughout the day. You can follow the procedure below to teach your dog to come to you when you call him/her:
- Have a treat ready in your hand.
- Look for the right time. When you and your dog are at the opposite sides of the room, hold the treat in your hand and call your dog’s name, followed by a ‘come here’ command. The smell of the food will attract the dog as their sniffing ability is powerful. The scent will attract your dog, and he will come running towards you. When your dog comes, give him the treat and repeat this procedure multiple times during the day.
Try this procedure in an area with fewer barriers at first. Then gradually increase the number of obstacles. For example, consider practicing in your yard where there are minor things between you and your pup. Slowly move to your house with furniture between you and your animal. This practice would help train your dog to reach you with just your voice.
Every type of trick requires lots of practice to master, both for humans and animals. Make a daily routine to train your pet and stick to it. You can also do it throughout the day. One day your dog will respond to his name without a treat.