So, you’ve given your delightful Miniature Schnauzer puppy the freedom of being outside the house but you can’t get her to come when you call her.
Although this is tiresome for you, it is quite normal behavior with a young dog. It is natural for dogs to enjoy the freedom of outdoors, but you know there is the potential of danger. Maybe even the fear of your puppy running to somewhere you can’t find her.
The first step in training a puppy to come when called is much easier if you have already established yourself as pack leader of your puppy.
Role of Pack Leader
First time dog owners may not be aware that the role they play in relation to their dog is Pack Leader.
The normal behaviour of dogs is to follow the pack leader, and that is what your dog is looking for in you.
If you don’t take on the role of Pack Leader, your dog will be very happy to oblige. If your dog believes he/she is the pack leader, then training your dog is difficult, if not impossible.
Do not let this happen. The result of your dog being pack leader is not good for either you or your dog.
More information about being Pack Leader is available here.
Now that you have established yourself in the role of Pack Leader, you are in control of training your puppy to come to when called.
To train your puppy to come when called you will require:
- A long rope – several meters in length.
- A supply of special treats that your dog really loves and enjoys.
- At least 15 to 20 minutes for the first training.
If you have a large outside area at home, you could start the training there.
Alternatively, take puppy to a park or public area suitable for dog training.
- Connect the long rope to puppy’s collar and let her go as far from you as the rope extends, of course keeping hold of the rope.
- Let puppy look around, sniff the grass and feel some freedom.
- When you are ready to call her back, have some treats in your hand.
- Call her by name. When she returns to you, praise and pat her and give her some treats.
- Let her go again and have some freedom again. Then call her back to you, praise her and give her treats again.
Continue this training several times by letting your puppy go away from you and rewarding her when she returns.
When you are ready to complete this training session, call puppy back to you, make a fuss of her and give her treats. Then holding her collar, shorten the rope. Continue to tell her how good she is!
This type of training will need to be repeated many times. It is not a quick training. In saying that, it varies with different dogs.
Never punish your puppy or dog for not returning to your call
A dog that receives punishment will never be well trained. Punishment sets up long term fear with dogs.
I am sure you would never punish your dog, but some people do hand out punishment and that leads only to trouble.
Training a puppy to come when called is a most important training, particularly for safety reasons.
When a dog owner becomes fearful of their dog running far away, or getting into danger, this fear can influence a dog and delay results with training.
If you are at stage where you really need help with training your puppy, or older dog, I encourage you to have a look at Doggy Dan’s training. Dan has a range of videos about training dogs to come when called. You can watch Dan working with dogs and see the results he gets. It is truly amazing what Dan can teach about dog training.
To get an idea of Dan’s training you can view some free videos by clicking on this link.
I wish you years of happiness with your beloved dog, whether he or she is a Miniature Schnauzer or another wonderful breed of dog.
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