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  1. At the dog park, my dog won't come when we call him. How can we get him to come back when he runs toward the street?
  2. My dog gets loose sometimes and won't come when called. What can I do to solve this problem?



  1. At the dog park, my dog won't come when we call him. How can we get him to come back when he runs toward the street?
    Here's how to teach a dog to come: 1. First, your dog should never be off leash until they learn to come. 2. Have treats in your pocket. 3. Teach the command 'come' in a fenced area before going on 'field trips' to the park and other places. 4. Have someone help you with the lessons. One person holds your dog; you go a short distance away and call your dog (on leash at first). Give a treat. Practice 2 or 3 times a day.Start with short leashes and progress to a 30 ft. leash. 5. Never remove the leash until your dog comes every time, without a mistake. 6. Use your dog's name when you call her. Never use your dog's name for punishment or when in anger. 7. Never punish your dog for coming to you even if she has been gone and you have been chasing her. If you are very upset, just hook her up to the leash and don't say anything until you can hug her as praise for coming to you. 8. Remember, it is not the dog's fault if he doesn't come...dogs should NEVER be off leash until they are trained and 100% reliable. Losing a dog is a terrible thing to have happen. Don't give your dog too much responsibility too soon. Some good books for you or your parents to read are Mother Knows Best, Surviving Your Dog's Adolesence, and Dog Problems, all by Carol Lea Benjamin. Remember that just about anything your dog learns today can be forgotten tomorrow. Don't trust him.
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  2. My dog gets loose sometimes and won't come when called. What can I do to solve this problem?
    You have two problems. First, your dog gets loose. Second, she won't come when you call her.

    Let's address the first problem. If your dog keeps getting loose, you must solve this because it's dangerous for your dog. Running loose exposes her to all kinds of hazards: stray dogs, cars, etc. So if she is getting out of a fenced area, you need to fix whatever it is that is allowing her to get loose. Fix holes in fences, get a padlock for the gate, or keep her inside. Never take your dog out without a leash.

    Second, you need to teach your dog to come in planned lessons. Take a look at Teaching Come. Practice a couple of times every day and making coming to you really fun. NEVER yell at or punish your dog when she gets loose and you finally catch her. She will never want to come to you then. Always make coming to you the best place in the world and she will happy to return to you. Use her favorite treats and lots of praise.

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