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Mastering Canine Impulse Control & Recall: Essential Training Tips

Learn how to boost your dog's impulse control and recall skills with our top tips!


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2. Understanding "Leave It" and "Come When Called" Commands

5. Conclusion and Key Takeaways


Mastering canine impulse control:

Alright, everyone, today we're honing in on Missy's impulse control and obedience training with a focus on the "Leave it" command and "Come when called." Let's dive into our session:


We start with a manageable distance between Missy and myself, gradually increasing the gap from other distractions. This setup enhances her focus on the commands, essential for effective dog behavior training. Whenever Missy successfully ignores a distraction on the "Leave it" command, make sure to praise her enthusiastically. Positive reinforcement lets her know she’s doing well.


As she shows better impulse control and obedience, we'll slowly extend her freedom—eventually allowing her leash to just drag, though we’re not rushing this progression. Today, our aim isn’t to challenge her with long durations or excessive distance immediately. We’re building her ability to handle distractions gradually.


Rewarding Missy with playtime as she improves is crucial. This not only serves as a reward but also integrates practical training elements. During play, especially when she begins to tire, is an ideal time to practice "Come when called." This reinforces the behavior that she must respond to recalls regardless of distractions. Consistent repetition is key here; it cements her understanding and response to the command.


Lastly, when Missy approaches me voluntarily, I’ll reward her—this technique is known as shaping. By reinforcing her initiative to check in with me, we strengthen her recall skills and overall obedience without direct commands.


Our goal today is to set Missy up for success by controlling her training environment and ensuring she’s not overwhelmed. Effective dog behavior training is not only about teaching commands but also about fostering a trusting and understanding relationship with our dogs. Let's keep the training light, enjoyable, and productive. Ready to see some great progress with Missy? Let’s get started!





Examples of Effective Training Techniques


Example 1: Gradual Distraction Introduction

- Scenario: You're at a local park with Missy, and initially, there are only a few people walking by. You practice the "Leave It" command by having her sit and stay as they pass. As she becomes more proficient, increase the challenge by moving closer to a busy playground where kids are playing and dogs are around. This teaches her to obey commands amidst increasing distractions.


Example 2: The Three D's - Distance, Duration, Distraction

- Scenario: You're working on "Come When Called" in your backyard. Start by calling Missy from a short distance of about 5 feet, wait a couple of seconds before calling her, and have a low level of distractions, like a quiet environment. Gradually, increase the distance to 20 feet, add more wait time before calling, and introduce distractions like the sound of a squeaky toy.


Example 3: Real-Life Situations

- Scenario: During a family dinner, you place some food on low tables that are easily accessible to Missy. You use the "Leave It" command to prevent her from going near the food. This real-life application reinforces her training in a practical, everyday setting.


Example 4: Reward System Integration

- Scenario: While playing fetch, integrate the "Come When Called" training. Throw the ball, let her fetch it, and before she returns, call her back with the command. When she comes back to you, give her lots of praise and a treat. This not only makes the training fun but also reinforces her recall skills.





Exercises to Enhance Training


Exercise 1: The Name Game

- Purpose: To improve Missy's focus on you amid distractions.

- Activity: In a quiet room, begin by simply saying Missy's name and rewarding her with a small treat when she looks at you. Gradually increase the environment's complexity by adding background noise like the TV or conversations.


Exercise 2: The Leash Tug

- Purpose: Strengthen Missy's "Leave It" command against ground distractions.

- Activity: On your usual walk, intentionally pass by distractions like food scraps or toys on the ground. If she pulls or shows interest, gently tug the leash and firmly say "Leave It." Reward her with praise and a treat when she obeys and moves on without fuss.


Exercise 3: The Distraction Circle

- Purpose: Enhance Missy's recall reliability in a distracting environment.

- Activity: Gather a few friends or family members and form a circle. Place Missy in the center. Each person takes turns calling her by name and offering a treat. This helps her learn to respond to "Come When Called" from different angles and amidst distractions.


Exercise 4: Impulse Control at Doors

- Purpose: Teach Missy not to rush through open doors.

- Activity: Practice the "Leave It" command at a door. Open the door and command "Leave It." Use a treat to lure her away from the door if needed. Reward her with the treat and praise once she moves back from the door and sits down calmly.


These practical examples and exercises are designed to enhance your dog’s training in real-life situations, ensuring she becomes a well-behaved and responsive companion.



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