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My Aussies Kegan (on the left) and Kudo (right) are blue merle males from the same litter. In the photo they are waiting by the door for me (it is time to eat and they always know when it is time to eat). They stopped watching me when a few birds came into the yard and I called their names to distract them from the birds (well I tried).

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More About The Come Command

Providing Some Extra "Motivation"

Part of being a good pack leader means that you need to follow up if your dog doesn't obey a command. You need to make the dog understand that commands should be followed every time, not just when she feels like it.

To achieve this with the Come command, you'll need to use a long leash (fifteen feet works well). The process is exactly the same as described above, but this time when you say the command word you also give a gentle tug on the leash to let the dog know you want her to come towards you.

When NOT to Use This Command

As a general rule, you should never use the Come command to call your dog over to you for punishment (with the techniques in this book, you should rarely have to punish you dog anyway, if ever). When you use the Come command to call your dog over, then give her punishment – what message are you sending? She thinks that by coming to you, she did something wrong because the action resulted in punishment. Thus you'll make it LESS likely that she'll come when you call her in future.

Dogs have a short focus of attention. We touched on this when we talked about timing your treats just right, so your dog knows what you're rewarding her for. Dogs tend to associate any reward or punishment with what they just did. So if your dog poops on the carpet and you come home two hours later, call her over to you in a rage, then hit her on the head – she won't have any clue that you're punishing her for pooping. It will be useless in stopping toileting inside, and even worse, it will make her afraid of you and damage your bond. So, long story short, never call your dog to you for punishment.

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A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.

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