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I have been doing fairly well trining Diggity on "come" and "drop it" but having kids in the house has been hurting things. I want her to really have those commands down-pat before the rest of the family uses them but things weren't going so well. The kids keep saying, "Diggy come! Come! Come Diggy!" over and over and though I keep telling them that they are undoing my training, I still catch them doing it. But if you have kids I'm sure you know, you can't tell them nothin! LOL Anyway, the big one I wanted Diggity to learn was "come" in case she got out. Sure enough, it happened. In the house she did OK when I'd say "come", but this time she just looked at me and kept on going. She mostly just sniffed around the neighbor's yard and the kids caught her but I wanted to have a better recall. Then it hit me. I got a dog whistle and started training her to come when I blew the whistle. This way the kids couldn't undo it because I was the only one to have the whistle (or the wife). The other commands she still does well enough for my wife and I but the kids she could care less. I'm guessing she sees us a dominants and the kids as equals perhaps? Anyhow, I'm really pleased with that whistle. Whenever I use it to keep her in practice inside the house, she runs like a lunatic to come find me and her reward.
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All good ideas, thanks! We've tried in a few rooms and only occasionally in the back yard. Maybe we'll try it on walks, too. I think that's a great idea. I've been using the whistle and giving her a treat as soon as she gets to me and then again about 15 seconds later. Before she would take the treat and then run off. This way, she waits in anticipation for the second one...which also gives me time to scoop her up if need be! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
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Yeah I can usually get her attention or to come to me with either the "come" command, my whistling, or using the whistle. I'm trying to make the whistle the "reward" sound though.

I live in Winsted. How about you, pfr?
Not a bad idea because she does tend to flinch. I like the sit idea, too. I could turn this into a small chain of events...
Absolutely! I used to go for walks with her a month or so ago off leash, but now that her sniffer has been turned on I need to do a LOT more training with her! :biglaugh:
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