Quite often you can see a dog owner loudly screaming chaotically running down the street, unsuccessfully trying to catch up with his disobedient pet. The idea is that if you seriously train your pet, then such unpleasant situations can be avoided, the dog will not arrange shoots. So let's see how to teach a dog a team to me.
The importance of this skill
The team "to me!" Every dog should know, of any breed and size. And even if further training of the dog is not intended, it is recommended to instill in her the skill of obedience.
After all, this is not only a way to control the animal, but also the ability to eliminate its rash actions. Dog handlers in the course have a saying: “If a dog does not fulfill the command“ come to me! ”, It means that a person does not have a dog.”
How to motivate a pet?
First and foremost, why a dog may refuse to execute a command is a lack of motivation. It is necessary to do so that “to me!”, Pronounced by the owner, outweighs everything else - animal instincts, including hunting, excitement, a desire to play with one’s own kind or to get a delicacy from the hands of others.
What then can the owner offer? The first is delicacy, which is difficult for a dog to refuse. Moreover, he should receive it rarely enough and in small quantities so that interest would be maximal. When using delicacies during training, you must use tiny pieces so that the pet is not full and wants to get more. Increased motivation is easier to get when the dog is hungry.
The game is another bonus that a pet can receive for its obedience. And it should be diverse, attractive to the animal, not of the same type. But do not play until the dog gets tired - otherwise he will quickly lose interest in her.
Affection and praise are spoken of as the basic motivating methods used to train dogs. They also help in the assimilation of the team "to me!". A dog who has abandoned all his “interesting affairs” must be sure that when he approaches the owner, he will receive a lot of positive emotions. Do not skimp on the kind words spoken with gentle intonation.
Often fear is used in training, but the animal should not be afraid of its owner or the punishment that follows disobedience. The dog must understand that if he disobeys, he may lose his master forever, and this usually scares him. Therefore, when training, the owner can run away from a pet or hide.
The owner will always protect - this is another important motivation that really works. When a dog gets into an unpleasant situation, even an artificially created one — small pebbles fly into it, the signal of a radio-controlled collar, etc., is triggered, only the owner can get rid of that.
Proper command execution
Before educating a dog, the owner must find out for himself what the “me!” Command is and what it is important to train your four-legged friend. In fact, it is necessary to seek the correct execution of the team from the early days, and not to hope that the dog came up and that was enough. Will require a sequence that excludes haste.
The team consists of several stages:
- the dog approaches the owner;
- the pet sits down - according to international standards - on the contrary, or after a detour around the left foot - according to the requirements of the OCD;
- the owner releases the dog (the cancellation of the command is obligatory).
That is, the dog must not only run up and get back. The dog approaches, lingers about the owner and leaves only after he is allowed. Do not forget that in addition to the “come to me!” Command, a cancel command is necessary - go, go for a walk, run, etc.
According to the rules, the fixation of the animal, that is, the landing, is practiced only after the pet begins to react steadily to the command and immediately approach, having heard it. Otherwise, there is a risk of developing sustainable aversion to such actions. For the initial stage, the owner is enough to take the pet by the collar and then immediately release.
You can start teaching a puppy to this team already when it masters and responds to its nickname. At first, you can serve it before feeding:
- should attract the attention of the baby;
- say "to me!";
- to praise;
- put a bowl in front of him.
You can teach, and playing with your dog. When the baby starts walking towards the owner, he should say the command and praise him. This can be done at home, but do not forget about street training. The place should be a quiet and familiar dog, so that it does not worry and nothing distracts her.
If the territory is not fenced, then you can use an elongated leash, this will not only allow you to control the puppy, but also protect it. You can act on the following algorithm:
- pet should be let go for a walk;
- then it is recommended to attract the attention of the dog (you can try various ways: hail, clap, unusual sound, runaway, etc.); the command “come to me!” is pronounced only when the dog begins to run to the owner, a friendly tone is obligatory;
- encouragement should be generous - weasel, dainty, play; the dog must be happy;
- should cancel the command, saying "go, walk and others."
When the dog realizes that the correct execution of the command “to me” is a real holiday and will fulfill it without question, you can proceed to the fixation stage. A dog can learn the command correctly only when the owner behaves properly. You can not run after a recalcitrant dog, it is useless to shout out a command a thousand times, to finish it by walking or to stop the game.
The team should be associated exclusively with positive moments, before which all other pleasures fade. Only in this way can the dog be taught to instantly interrupt all affairs and happily run to the owner, without reacting to surrounding stimuli and so on. An obedient dog is a joy for the owner and an envy for other less successful dog breeders.