TIP #1: BE ANIMATED
If you tell your dog to “Come” using a boring voice while standing still like a tree, no wonder your dog does not want to listen. Call using a high pitch voice and make unusual sounds (e.g. Woot woot woot! or Pup pup pup!), immediately start praising (“Good Boy” or “Good Girl”) as soon as they start to move, and begin slowly walking backwards. These animated actions will help foster their excitement to come to you.
TIP #2: FOOD FOR HEALTHY EARS
If your dog experiences chronic ear infections it is important to remember that many ear infections are associated with allergies. Consider performing a food-elimination trial to investigate particular foods as a potential cause of the allergies. Choose high-quality foods that do not contain artificial preservatives, flavorings, or food colorings, or consider making a home-prepared diet.
- Whole Dog Journal
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI