I have adapted these free techniques from the outstanding ‘Secrets to Dog Training‘ by Daniel Stephens. Read more here, by checking the product out now.
Firstly, and possibly the most crucial, is that you should never call your dog over if you are going to do something that he might class as ‘negative’ to him.. Some common examples are things such as tying him up, wetting him (if he doesnt like that!), locking him away, hitting him or yelling at him etc..
Never call and then punish your dog for something like running away when he comes over. Your dog will think he’s being punished for doing as his master says.If your dog knows negative associations when you call 'come', such as he thinks it means 'run away!' or if your dog starts to ignore you, try using a new command that sounds diffferent.
Forget your old come command and teach this exercise using a new, clear word. 'Here' is a common one, but the alternatives are endless, so long as it suits you and it works.
In the perfect world, your dog should hear this new command, stop what hes doing and come sit in front of you, ideally that is! For ease, its best to treat this teaching process this as two separate exercises.
The two seperate exercises should be taught seperatly till the dog has them both mastered, then they should be bought together.
“Come sit in front of me”
Start with putting your dog on a short ish leash. Get your dogs attention, hold a favourtie treat of his/hers in your hand and take 3-4 quick steps backwards with the treat held in front, around nose height.
With your dog infront of you, now stop and hold the treat up so that your dog sits and waits.
Command your dog to sit and if and when he does, reward him with the treat, by lowering it to his mouth. Dont let him jump up to get it!
Next time, do the process standing in place and holding your ground, instead of moving back. Now try to phase out guiding with food or treats and change to simply reinforcing a correct 'come, sit' command. This helps your dog to accept praise as a reward.