Hi everyone my family and i just got a pug puppy (Mia) 3 weeks ago. I have been trying to train her on how to come when using to "come" command. I thought it was going good because i would always reward her with a treat. But i every time i try to call her to come with no treat in my hands she wont obey. Can you all give me a few pointers on how to improve that?
I think the simple explanation is that your puppy doesn't understand what you want. She is simply responding to the treat in your hand. She doesn't understand the command. It is not natural for dogs to understand vocal commands, so there's nothing strange about that at all.
First of all, remember that patience is key. She is still a puppy, which means that she is easily distracted and playful. That's just how puppies are. The key to teaching a puppy to come is to say the command when she is ALREADY coming towards you. That way she will learn to connect the word with the action of going to you. She doesn't understand English, so if you say the word when she is NOT coming towards you, she will connect it with that action. If you want to entice her to come, wait until she's focused on you, then back away from her. Her instinct will be to follow. When she does, you can say the command "come". As soon as she comes, praise and reward. You will need to repeat this a thousand times. Be prepared to teach it again and again as you switch scenes. Even once she's grasped the concept in your back yard, she may not understand what you want in a different environment. That is how dog's brains work. They are not able to generalize the way we do.
Also be prepared that she will be distracted by people, other dogs, interesting smells etc. It is something that you will need to work on by gradually increasing the distractions. The general rule is, the more difficult the task and the more tempting the distractions - the better the reward has to be. A treat that works just fine at home may not be tempting enough when you're at the park, competing with other dogs etc. So for those occasions, bring something extra special, like chicken or meatballs (without onion).
Proud mama to puggies Winston and Ozzie, Slatan the Cat and Zino the horse.
Use body language as well as the verbal command. In other words, stand in the same position each time you want her to come. I stand facing the pug with both hands down in front of me (arm position 1 if you ever did ballet), treat in one hand, leaning slightly forwards. As the pup approaches stand upright which brings the hands higher and the pup right in to your legs. Never give the treat from an outstretched hand; you want them to be right in by your legs. As you give the treat with one hand use the other to pet them around the collar/harness area. This means that they always expect a touch there, and if you need to grab the collar or harness to keep them with you and attach the leash it will not be a surprise.
As Hellas said, use every opportunity when the pug is already coming to reinforce the command. Calling the pug at times you know she will come, such as dinner time, is always good.
Never, never, never scold a pup for coming to you. Even if you have been standing in the wind and rain for 30 mins trying to get a naughty pup back to you DO NOT give in to the temptation to scold when it finally returns. Every single successful "come" must be a happy event for the dog.
Bella, mummy to Snifter and Toddy!
You've received some great advice above so I won't repeat what has already been said, but wanted to share this video link.... if you are familiar with (and using) Clicker training this gives you the steps to use to teach a reliable Come.
thanks for all the great tips yall..I will try them for sure...
I had to teach my deaf dog to come and just curled up my hand toward me and away and back to me........he caught on to that fast with a treat..now he does it all the time wth no treats at all
he will come right up to you and sit and wait to be petted.........
A pugs world is full of play and sleep and of course good food.........