Bark n Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk
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Each week Bark & Wag will interview Veterinarians and individuals in the pet industry from across the nation answering your questions about your pet. Visit barknwag.com/podcast to ask questions and view past podcasts.
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Tips on how to get your dog to come when they will not listen.....
6 days ago
This podcast is sponsored by Rover.com. For $25 off your first booking, visit rover.com/vettalk and use promo code vettalk during checkout! Welcome to Bark & Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk – I am your host Polly ReQua Today we are talking to Kersti Nieto, trainer at Dog Training Camp USA in Raleigh, NC on tips on having your dog come when they are called. Welcome Kersti...... When dogs fail to come when called their behavior falls into one of two categories: active or passive disobedience. With passive disobedience, the dog doesn’t come and it isn’t doing much else besides. Instead it simply stands, sits or lies down and watches its owner call. Either the dog is apprehensive of approaching (a major temperament emergency), or it fails to see the relevance of the owner’s request and simply can not be bothered (a minor trainingemergency). With active disobedience, however, not only does the dog not come, but also, it has a darn good time not coming. This is a major training emergency. Why dogs don’t come: Apprehensiveness If your dog is apprehensive of coming when called, there is only one reason… You! Take yet another look in the mirror. Your dog is afraid of you or of what you have done to it in the past – probably intentionally punishing the dog for coming when called. Whatever the reason, just solve the problem right away. Even though apprehensiveness is a dire temperament emergency, take your time. Get sweet and get small. Keep backing up and calling the dog, tossing food treats if necessary. Once the dog approaches to take food from your hand, practice the ‘grab tests’. Build your dog’s confidence, and its so-called obedience problem will disappear. Why dogs don’t come: Irrelevance Your dog understands what you want it to do but it just does not see the point. Also, your dog may be tired, bored, or lethargic. For large dogs especially, it is a big deal to get up and lumber towards the owner. When they get there, it better be worthwhile. Well, it wasn’t! An