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I've had Perlita for almost 7 months now and she still never obeys me. The thing is, I think she's too smart (or I'm too dumb to train a dog). She knows her name, knows when I call her, and won't come because she doesn't want to. I bring treats to the park every day to give to her when she comes. And now the thing is, if I don't have treats and I call her, she runs up, stops 5 feet away, looks for a treat, then runs away! Even if I act like I have a treat she can tell that I don't!

She's great on a leash and I always make her sit to put it on and take it off. It's just figuring out how to get her to come when I call! My "backyard" is about the size of a normal person's bathroom, so I can't do a lot of training there. I'm going to buy one of those long leashes that go out further when they pull to make her think she's free, then pull her in when I call her.

I don't know, maybe I should just invest in some expensive dog classes. Any other ideas?
 

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A good tip for teaching recall is to start somewhere boring, with no distractions, like in your home, and then, over time, to gradually ADD distractions by moving to places that aren't so calm.
So, start at home, with recall. When she's got that down, move to outside, but, an outside location that is still somewhat calm. Then try a location outside that has just a few more distractions.

And, the long lead is great, so that you always have control.

You have to make coming to you seem WAY better than what she's doing, so use a super excited voice, and the yummiest treats possible, not just regular treats. And, sometimes, it can help to call her name, and then jog a few steps AWAY from her. Dogs love to play chase, so having you take off without her may make her come to you.

I would never let her off leash til she has a really good recall. There are just too many things that can happen.
 

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Keep your dog treats out of sight (in a pocket or inside a bag) and get her to come and sit right in front of you before pulling out a treat. Start on leash, then go to off leash. You basically need to teach her that you might have a treat even if it looks like you don't. Something the dog training school I help out at does which I really like is that they teach- right from the start- that the dog only gets the reward after recall once the owner has their hand on the dog's collar. Usually, they just get rewarded and released anyways, but it stops this game of cat-and-mouse (owner-and-dog). It's easy to transition from that to not needing to hold the dog's collar, but its harder to transition the other way.

Look on the bright side, at least comes when you have treats :p
 
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