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Pet Subjects: 'how can I get my dog to come out of the water? I've tried everything!'

Pete Wedderburn 
Our expert answers the most common questions from pet owners  Credit: PATRICK BOLGER/ Christopher Pledger

Dear Pete

Our four-year-old golden retriever will not come out of water when we call her, which is very inconvenient as we live near a river and a beach. We have tried treats and toys, but the only answer is going into the water and hauling her out or keeping her on a long leash to control her. Any ideas?

BM, Dorset

Dear BM

The problem is that being in the water is so much fun for her that treats, toys and praise can’t compete in the enjoyability stakes. Why should she come back? You need to spend time training her to come when called (so-called “recall”) in an environment where there are no distractions (such as the back garden), where there’s nothing more fun to do than come back to you. Repeat,...

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