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If the dog does not come: 6 recall problems


Recalling the dog is one of the most important things in dog training. Only when the four-legged friend comes back to you reliably and safely on command can he enjoy all freedom without a leash. But the recall does not always work. Here are six ways it could be. "What is the owner calling all the time? Anyway, I'm lying here quite well," thinks this dog, who never enjoyed recall training - Shutterstock / L. Nagy

If the dog doesn't hear, that's not a good sign. There are situations in which it is extremely important that a dog comes back to its owner or owner immediately when he or she calls for it - for example, when there is a risk.

1. Dog never learned to recall

The callback may never have been trained and your four-legged friend does not even know that he should come to you when you call him. Recall training is therefore essential from an early age. With callback training it is practiced step by step that the dog reacts to a specific command or signal and then comes to the owner. You can find helpful tips on training the recall in the guide: "Training the dog's recall: tips for recall training".

2. Unclear callback command

The problem often lies in expressing the basic command. A call back occurs with a clear voice and clear body language. It is also important that you only use a specific recall command for the recall, in which the dog immediately recognizes that it should come back. Several words for a specific command may confuse him. The special command must be trained and can be a whistle or other sound in addition to a certain call such as "come" or "come here".

3. Multiple commands

Multiple commands are the wrong way. If the same is called over and over again, this becomes less important for the dog. The dog is not deaf and hears the command the first time he calls. The problem here is upbringing and not dog hearing.

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4. Dog was trained incorrectly

This point ties in with point one. If the dog has been improperly trained, it cannot implement the recall. Didn't you always reward your four-legged friend during the recall training when he came back to you? A dog trainer can help you practice recalling your dog if you have difficulty.

5. Wrong or irritating body language

We often subconsciously signal our fur noses in the form of body language. For example, if we run towards the dog while we call him back, Wuff may not come because we are already approaching. Even if we subconsciously convey aggressiveness, stress or other negative emotions, the dog thinks twice whether it should really come. A dog leaning forward can already be interpreted as saying that it is not good for him to come.

6. Dog cannot come back

Maybe your dog just can't come back to you. There can be several reasons for this. Was it maybe called by different people at the same time? Is he afraid of something between your and the dog's location? Does the dog have to satisfy a basic need and cannot easily interrupt it? Did the dog just not hear your call-back command?


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