Teaching your dog to come, when you call it, is very easy. In spite of this, many people struggle with the recall of their dogs. You might have already seen it. The dog running away from the owner, the owner calling the dog and chasing it. The dog simply does not come to its owner when being called. To avoid being in such a situation, today we will show you, how to train your dog for a perfect recall – it means so as your dog to come to you each time you call it regardless the situation or level of distraction. Never forget that the most important factor of a great recall is to have a strong bond with your dog.
When to start training your dog to come
As soon as you take your dog home you should start with its training. There are several ways how to train your dog to come to you. First of all, choose the appropriate place, which is free from distractions. A room indoors is highly recommended as you can better control your dog’s activity level and confine it to better focus its attention. You can start when your dog is sitting in front of you or just paying attention to you. If your dog cannot sit yet, you can teach it according to our previous article.
Use high-value treat
You should use a high-value treat for this training. If you usually give dry dog food as treat during ordinary training, or something usual, now you will need something really special. It means if your dog loves cheese, or sausages it is the best to use them now. Your dog will thus connect something special with the moment when it comes to you and it will love to come to you each time you call it, as it will expect that “something special”.
How to “explain” to your dog what you want
While your dog is paying attention to you or sitting in front of you, show the special treat to it. Give the treat in front of your dog´s nose. Say its name and lure it to follow the treat. As soon as your dog starts moving toward you, say the command “come” with a very kind a happy voice. Then slowly move backward letting your dog to follow you. After a few steps stop and by the help of the food in your hand lure your dog to sit in front of you.
You can lure your dog into the sitting position by moving the food up and a bit behind while the nose of the dog is close to the treat. The dog following the treat with its eyes or nose will intuitively sit down.
Give the treat to your dog. Do not forget to praise your dog also verbally by words like “good”, “clever boy” or whatever you have for praising your dog. Then release your dog from this position and play a bit with it. Thus your dog will soon recognize that each time it comes to you, you will give it some special treat, you will be very happy and then you will play together.
Training with distraction
After your dog comes to you each time you call it inside of your house or in your own garden, you can start training the “come” command also with distractions. The best way is to take your dog out on a longer leash (2-3 meters long) so as you can control it better. Allow the dog to go away from you. If it is distracted by something (presence of another dog or person) say its name to grab its attention. As soon as your dog pays minimal attention to you, say the command “come”. As soon as your dog comes to you, praise it and give it its favorite treat.
You can call your dog verbally or whistle or just clap your hands to recall your dog. It is up to you, what you will use but every time when your dog gets to you, have a treat ready to give it as soon as it comes to you. It does not matter what your dog did or did not, NEVER PUNISH YOUR DOG WHEN IT COMES TO YOU!
Steps how to train your dog to come
- Obtain a variety of small soft treats (small pieces of sausages). Use your dog´s favorite treat.
- Capture your dog’s attention by calling its name.
- While your dog is paying attention to you or sitting in front of you, show the special treat to it.
- Give the treat in front of your dog´s nose and lure it to follow the treat.
- As soon as your dog starts moving toward you, say the command “come” with a very kind a happy voice.
- Slowly move backward letting your dog to follow you.
- After a few steps stop.
- By the help of the food in your hand lure your dog to sit in front of you.
- Give the treat to your dog and praise its behavior verbally by words like “good” or “clever boy”.
- Release your dog from the sit position.
- Play with the dog so as it has a positive feeling connected with the moment when it comes to you.
- Repeat steps 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 a couple of times (no more than 2-3 minutes).
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