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i know there were similar threads on training recall, and i have picked up a lot of good tips for my lhasa apso, atchi. but my problem is this, i think its in the lhasa's cat-like personality, its not easy for her to 'come' when she's running around and playing.

tips around here tell you to train her by gradually lengthening the distance, or by generalizing the behaviour. the way i train recall is i let her stay, and walk a few feet, now reached to over 20 ft and tell her to come. she does this perfectly, no problem. my problem however is, when i let her out off leash, or even if shes at home, and she's playing or running around, she doesnt come when called.

i know that i should also only tell her to come when im 95% sure of her coming, but she does this great when she's from stay. i do want her to come when called when she's in the park running and playing.

she only comes when she's from stay FIRST and released from it to come. i clicker train, using liver spread as a motivator. if the stinky rule is key, this should be the best treat, strong smell and easily given by the use of a long plastic spoon, and she loves it.

hope you can help me with this. atchi is great in everything else, she knows how to sit, jump, stay already at 4 months. clicker training is new to me, and looking for other tricks, commands to train her.
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Your dog knows the command but ignores you when the distractions are too strong and you are too far away to enforce them. Get an e-collar. Gives you the ability to enforce the recall at a distance every time. Can give measured correction with perfect timing, every time, no anger, no frustration just BUZZ. Great training device. About $200 for a good one. Use it consistently for a few months and then leave it in the drawer. Worth every penny if you enjoy having your dog off leash. Just make sure you read the instructions on how to condition the dog to the collar before you start training with it.
 

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thanks!

peppy, im not sure if there are any ecollars here in the philippines.. i think we only have e.coli.. hehe

curbside, im reading the posts now. very informative. and i do think the attention excercises will help out a lot. i read something like this on a clicker training site as well. really hope this works.

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"Come" is something that is never an option for my dogs. It can be and is often a lifesaving command. Along with a fast drop.

NEVER give a command that you can't enforce should she choice to not obey, or doesn't quite 'get it' yet. Keep on lead at all times, if you call her and she doesn't come, then reel her in and praise. If she's off lead and doesn't come when called, then you go GET her and bring her back to the spot where you called her from, you can remind her that you said come.

They learn. It just takes time, and she's only 4 months. But stuff like the recall should never be optional.
 

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It's not distance that you need to gradually increase now. It's distraction. Try letting her sniff around somewhere she knows well, like your bedroom or somewhere else in your house. There should be as few distractions as possible -- no toys lying around, no food that she wants to investigate. Ask her to come. If she does, great. Praise and reward like crazy. She's listening now because she's in a low-distraction environment. Once you take her to the park, or off-leash in the yard, the distractions get much higher. You need to gradually increase these distractions, not take her straight from your living room to the park and expect her to recall just as well. Once she recalls perfectly in your living room, try it out in the yard; once she recalls perfectly in the yard, try it in a secluded area of the park (no people/other dogs); and so on.

Remember, your dog should always be leashed if you are practicing recall in an unfenced area.
 
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