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Old 10-01-2005, 10:44 PM
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My 7 week old Border Collie x Jack Russell pup has been with us for 4 days now and refuses to pay attention when called. You can say anything to it, its name anything and its like its deaf. But we know it isnt deaf because it can hear small sounds from other things. How long does a dog take to respond to its name being called or a least knowing its owner is saying something?

My family's previous puppies (3 Silky Terriers and 1 German Shepherd x) took 1 or 2 days to respond to name and with the German x took 30 minutes to teach Sit, obviously we reinforced it.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 10-02-2005, 12:08 AM
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When you're sitting in the livingroom and your pup is playing around, watch....because at some point he'll look at you and when he does, say his name happily and toss him a yummy treat, not a dog biscuit treat, a really yummy treat. Be very observant and watch for him to look at you. Keep some little treats in your pockets and be ready. LOL. Then after you do this for a few times or half a day, try saying his name when he's doing something else. If he looks at you, praise him and throw him a party....treats, play, squeeky fun noises.

Practice this little trick in a low distraction area at first, till he gets onto it. If he's really enthralled with some outside stimuli, it will be harder to get his attention on you. Keep rewarding him for a long time until it becomes habit for him to look at you when you say his name. Later, you can phase out the treats and just praise, but do give him something for paying attention to you.
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Old 10-02-2005, 12:34 AM
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Most ( I hope ) breeders socialize their pups by calling "puppy,puppy, puppy " which bring them running. Try that and add his name. Since your pup came to you at 7 weeks, he may not have had the background due to him. Go slowly.. he may need extra help .
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Old 10-02-2005, 09:04 AM
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I use 1/2 a cherrio. a whole one takes too long too eat.

Say your puppy's name and as soon as he looks at you say good (name) thepup will love getting a treat for just looking at you. It may take a few times, but trats are a good thing. This will eventually help when you start the "come"call. Remember that for now you will always give him a treat, later, you can give a treat now and again. Here is the big key. don't always do the same thing with hi. ie splap a leash on him or throw him in his kennel. Sometimes it needs to be "good (name) and then a go play. You will be taching the pup that sometimes he always gets a treat and sometimes it is just to check in, but it will help with having a 100% recal and teaching his name will be the start of that.

Also you can teach your pup to pee on comand. When he starts to pee, reapet a phrase mine is do your business, over and over. every time you take him out, say the phrase once, twice. when he starts going repeat it faster over and over....he will soon pee on comand which is great for those middle of the night outtings now, and any other time you want your dog to golike at a rest stop on the highway...well you get the point.

good luck and congrats on the new pup.
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Old 10-02-2005, 10:39 AM
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She is saying his name and he's ignoring her. Everytime you say his name and he ignores, that just teaches him that he doesn't have to look at you. And he gets habituated to hearing his name and attaching no meaning to it, no action with it. That is why we reverse the order and wait until he DOES look at you on his own and then say his name and reward him. He needs to have something paired with his name and you need to set him up for success so that after a time, you'll be able to say his name first and then have him look at you every time, not just when he feels like it.

The same thing applies to any command. Don't give it if you can't enforce it. He'll soon ignore those words or commands. Get the behavior first by other means and then attach the command you want to use. He doesn't know what new words mean anyhow. When he's understanding the behavior, then he is ready to learn a word to go with it. For instance, take "sit." (when you're first teaching it) You lure him into a sit by holding a treat over his head and push back a little until he naturally plops down into a sit. You praise and give the treat. You don't say "sit" because he doesn't know what that means yet anyhow. You do this many times until he understands that holding your hand over him and pointing back a little is the signal to sit. He does this behavior everytime. NOW you add the word, "sit" while you're holding your hand/treat over his head. He learned the behavior (sit) and that's all he had to think about at first. Then you added the word and now he's attaching it to the sit. One step at a time.
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Old 10-02-2005, 10:48 AM
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I taught "come" by grabbing a handful of treats and putting the dog on a leash. I'd bring the dog out into the yard and let it sniff, do whatever. Suddenly I'd give a little tug on the leash and say, "Come!" once the dog got to me I'd say "gooood dog!" and give it a treat.

The important thing is you always reward your dog when he comes. He may have just rolled in a pile of poop, but he came to you, so reward him. If you say come, yet he doesn't obey, walk over and get him. Don't say it over and over again because then he'll think he has a million tries to come to you.
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