Ring the bell…

August 1, 2014

2dogsrunning…and the dog salivates.

Many of us know the story of the Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov  who discovered that by ringing a bell then immediately giving a dog food, the dog would then respond to the bell by getting excited and drooling. We don’t pay much attention to the drooling part these days, but you can use sound to teach other behaviors , like coming when called. In this lesson, I will explain step by step how to use “sound” to teach the perfect recall!

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8 Responses to “Ring the bell…”

  1. Robert on March 7th, 2011 7:22 am

    Hi Angie,

    11 wk old Great Dane, how cute!

    I’m just getting back home from the States, I was there on business. IF you’re on Facebook, Look for Malibu Dog Training there. I blog more there , then I do on here. I may even give out free training advice. Oh! and make sure you browse through the dog pictures.

    Let me know how the training goes with your little one (big one by now)

  2. Katherine on July 26th, 2011 11:56 am

    4 & 5 year old Border Collie mixes. Using a sound for ecall would be great with sound since they’re sometimes off in the woods. They are both trained to ring the bell to go outside. (Although sometimes one will ring it to get the other outside.)

    Recall is great on our property, but we need to feel more secure in other places.
    -My husband usually walks them off leash in a conservation land area near our house. They run/chase/swim & generally have a good time. There was a time when their recall to my husband was inconsistent. Now he uses hot dog pieces & treats only 1 out of 3 times. Could probably be better, but he’s concerned because there’re other people & dogs on the trails.
    -They behave overall, but: 1) Max has a tendency to run at the other dogs and sometimes nip at the owners clothes (4 yr. submissive but has a strong protection and herding drive); 2) Maggie often lays down in wait, ready to pounce on owner/dog when they’re close. She’s 5 and a heavy pull/tugger.

    Someone is home most of the time. There may be changes in behavior due to my chronic health probvlems over the last year. I’ve recently stepped up the obedience and agility training, hoping to create more energy with the dogs.

  3. Robert on September 13th, 2011 8:39 am

    Hi Katherine…Sounds like you have your hands full; let me know if the whistle works.


  4. Michelle on September 24th, 2011 10:00 am

    I have 2 female (spayed) dogs from rescue – a 2 y.o. Belgian (pretty reliable on her recall) and an 8 y.o. rat terrier/pug mix (not so reliable). I take them off leash to the conservation area near me. We rarely run across people out there. The rat terrier will come on a recall unless something (and it doesn’t take much) has her interest. Then she seems to say, “Just a minute mom. I’ve got this here to do. Then I’ll be there. Promise”. I don’t want the other dog picking up this behavior. How can I nip this behavior altogether? Thanks for your help!

  5. Robert on September 27th, 2011 9:05 am

    Hi Michelle,

    Practice separately on a reliable recall before expecting them to listen together. A local trainer can help with the specifics of your situation.

    Kind Regards

  6. Margy on November 28th, 2013 6:52 pm

    Hi Robert,
    My husband has two Dobermans 3 & 12 yrs.
    Both have unreliable recall. I decided to use the dogs name followed by ‘come’ and included a hand signal and began rewarding with a treat.
    I asked all the family members to comply and explained the benefit of using the same command but to no avail…Everyone still does their own thing and its never the same. Sometimes ‘come’, ‘here’, ‘good girl’ or just screaming the dogs name. The rest of the time they love wearing the dogs name out. Coco when she does something good, bad or indifferent or just singing out her name because they can see her in the yard and want her to look up.
    I have given up on the family but not on the dogs. I need the girls to recall at least to me. Should I choose a word none of the other family members use?
    My preference is using a word but I did see the word ‘whistle’ mentioned in a previous paragraph but couldn’t see if there was particular method with it. Such a thing would be handy at times when my voice is weak, also being on acreage, sometimes I can’t even see where the dogs are when I want to summons them. I shall have a look into your facebook page too. Kind Regards, Margy

  7. Robert on November 29th, 2013 6:02 am

    Hi Margy,

    Welcome to my world…

    you need more than a visual cue, try a sound cue like clapping, or the whistle. Your tone is different and your dogs will learn to listen to your tone & clapping. If your family starts clapping or using the whistle too much without providing a consistent reward, well, then it’s not the dogs that need the training.;-)

    Kindest regards


  8. Dana on June 12th, 2014 6:30 pm

    Hi, Robert!

    Tell you a little about my dog? Seems there is no such thing as ‘just a little’ to tell about any of the dogs who have brightened my life! The first dog who chose me was a wonderful GSD named Puff the Magic Dragon. I was 5 – but no, I did NOT name her that! Imagine my humiliation as a “cool” teenager when I had to admit that my fearless protector was named Puff. ;> Anyway, she adored me and therefore humored my training methods for 12 years – she set the standard for what is possible in a human/dog relationship.

    Over the years, I’ve worked with many animals – grew up on a farm and when we moved to the suburbs (yuck!) my house was the neighborhood zoo and drop-off center I was involved in the hunter/jumper equestrian scene early on – jumping will always be one of my true passions, but I hated the politics and finally moved on. Still love to ride! just not into the competition scene. Also, I have PCS (Post Concussion Syndrome) after many horse training crashes/falls. Many dogs seem to tune into this and show their desire to take care of me. – i am so grateful. Many stories about that, but … I read and write slowly, so it takes a real nudge to get me to write a story because like it said – hard to say just a little about any of my amazing friends.

    So let’s see – i think i’ve said more than a little about my dog. ^..^
    What else is important? thinking …
    was a vet tech years ago …
    i’ve been rescuing/rehabbing/releasing since i was very small
    also rescuing/training, socializing/rehoming
    Eventually I got too overwhelmed with rescue work to do any real training – it’s been awhile now. I kinda lost my enthusiasm …

    BUT! seeing Catmantoo re-inspired me! I LOVE that video! it’s a wonderful of the stuff i used to do! :>
    I have PCS (Post Concussion Syndrome) after many horse training crashes/falls … my dogs seem to tune into this rather quickly and show their desire to take care of me. So special – i am so grateful. Many stories about that. I read and write slowly, so it takes a real nudge to get me to write a story because like it said – hard to say just a little about any of my amazing friends.

    I would love to work with you one of these days – in any capacity – carry your equipment, set up the tripod and catch some pics of you & your ‘students’, just hang out at the pub and talk animals – whatever.

    Ha! I just saw you’re on facebook – will look for you there and invite you to ‘friend’ me on one of my pages with lots of dog pics.

    Cheers ~ Dana

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