How to Train a Rottweiler : How to Train Your Rottweiler to Come When You Call

Hi! I’m Melanie McLeroy with Taurus Training
for Expert Village, and today we’re going to talk about training dogs. So one of the
main complaints people have about their dogs is that they don’t come when called. Well
first of all, you have to have the right relationship. If you haven’t already, be sure to preview
the relationship video before you do any training. Now, rottweilers are lovely dogs…but they
have to be paying attention to you about, checking in with you about the appropriateness
of their behavior before they’ll ever come. The best time to work on the come is when
the dog is a puppy, because they automatically want to follow you everywhere. Well, by the
time a puppy is an adolescent—Ursa… as in this case, our little acorn hunter—it’s
a lot harder to get them to come. But work on it every day. And remember, set your dog
up to succeed; don’t ask her to come if you’re in a crowded park. You’re just
setting her up to fail, by setting her up to ignore you. The first step of the recall
is…sit…starting in a sit, or in any position when your dog is paying attention. And then
it’s helpful to use your body to encourage your dog to come to you. You can start off
just six feet away—that’s fine. Here…good girl…good…good…Now, you see that she hesitated, so I started moving backward.
I don’t want to tug on the leash, especially on, if she has a flat collar on, because that’s
just going to cause her to pull back. So I’ll do it again from the standing position…
here… good… Again, I want the treat reinforcement to be random… sit… good… I want to speed
her up a little bit now, so I’m going to get a little more excited… here… good
girl… very nice… sit… good… Now there, she hesitated when I told her sit, so I just
move forward a little bit to help her out… here… good girl… sit… good… Now notice
that I used the word “here” instead of “come.” It doesn’t matter which word
you use, as long as you’re consistent. At Taurus Training, we use the word “here”
because most people have been telling their dogs to come up until the time they bring
them in for training. The dog’s been ignoring it repeatedly; so they think “come” means
to run away faster. It doesn’t matter which word you choose; it just matters that you’re
consistent with rewarding your dog when coming to you.

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