Come from a Distance

Until now when you practiced the come and sit, your dog has been in front of you. Now you want to add some distance. There are several ways to do this. One is to call your dog to you when he is in another room. Make sure you have a treat available at least three-quarters of the time to reward him.

Another way to practice this is to have someone hold your dog while you go 5 to 10 feet away and call him. Give him the sit command before he gets to you so that he has time to slow down. The idea is not to have your dog run at you full speed, crash into you, and then sit down. Gradually increase the distance between you and your helper.

A good way to practice this if you have other people in your household is to call the dog from one person to another. If there are three people, they can form a triangle to practice. For your dog's own safety, he should respond to a come command from any member of your family. Everyone's command will sound different to him because of different voices, so he has to get used to all of them. Even children as young as three or four years old can participate in this exercise. This is a fun game for everyone. Once your dog gets the idea, he will start to race to the next person without a command! It's a great way to exercise a dog.

Dog Owners Handbook

Dog Owners Handbook

There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.

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