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Your Dog Should Always COme To You When Called

by Anthony Johnson

          In less than 5 minutes, learn how to properly communicate with your dog.

          I decided to include this because so many people are having problems with this. This will serve to help you understand why you may be having the problem of getting your dog to come to you.

          First and foremost, you must be the Alpha. There is no easier way to do this. One of the main reasons for this is that you want your dog to come to you no matter what else is going on.

          At times, your dog will ignore you, getting you so frustrated that you want to grab it and smack the living you-know-what out of it for not coming to you.

          Well, get rid of that thought right now.

The Association:

          You must teach your dog to associate coming to you with a pleasurable experience. He must feel this is simply the greatest thing. The positive key to this is praise and how you do it.

          This is something you can practice.

          Whenever your dog makes any kind of eye contact with you on its own, give it a lot of praise. Whenever you are with your dog in the back yard, practice calling it to you using only one command.


          By using a particular command in the same manner each time you call your dog to you, it forms an association.

          You can say "Here, Fido."

          This means from now on, each and every time you call your dog to come to you, only use that command. When it reaches you, give it a lot of praise.

          Let it walk away, then repeat this act. Now the tools you should have are a prong collar and in the beginning, a long lead.

          Never call your dog to you and then correct it. Whenever you are outside of your yard with your dog, he should be wearing the prong collar and long lead. This will prevent him from running away from you.

          Each time he comes over to you, praise him. Even if you didn't call him, still give him praise. This teaches your dog that coming to you means being rewarded. This is the association.

How Does Your Dog Learn?

          This is a wonderful question, and I‘m going to tell you about a model from the latest psychological discoveries on how a child learns, which is very useful when applied to dogs and puppies.

          Firstly, all intelligent beings such as dogs and cats and horses try to make meaning of their environment, or to put it in another way, try to understand their environment, in order to be able to manipulate it, to be able to respond, and to take some evasive action if necessary.

In order to make a meaning you need to look for patterns in your environment -what stays the same, and what changes, and how these things might be linked with your actions.

          So, to begin with, a puppy or a child will simply record everything that happens to it, like it was making a 3D movie with sound and smell and feelings, inside its head and then automatically look for any patterns that could give it clues as to what is linked to what.

          As an example, a puppy that is left in a room goes to the toilet, and then goes about it‘s puppy business for another half-hour or so. The owner comes back and yells at it. The pup, trying to find meaning, begins to link owner comes back to "I get yelled at and I feel bad". In its personal movie, the time frame difference is too big for it to link anything else to it, including any of the actions that preceded the owner‘s return, such as chewing a slipper, lying quietly in its basket for a time, scratching, howling, or going to the toilet.

          This is called "association" and it makes a HUGH difference in helping your Dog learn.

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).