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Teaching your Dog, the “Come” Command

Learning the “come” command can be for his safety, if your dog gets out, this may be the only way you will be able to stop him before he runs into the road. Bear in mind that the "come" command isn't always the best option when you want your dog by your side. For instance, if you haven't fully trained your dog to understand what you want when you say "come," don't use that command and expect results. It will probably be better to go and get them than to say "come" repeatedly.

 

There are a couple of methods to teach your dog to “come” however you choose to train him, make sure you keep practicing until you are certain that your dog will respond the first time you call.

 

The first method is The Long Line: (you will need an assistant for this one)

 

  • Attach the long training leash to your dog's collar

  • Your assistant should stand behind your dog and hold them by lacing their hands across the dog's chest.

  • Get your dog's attention by holding a treat in front of his nose and talking to them in an excited voice

  • Run a few feet away, then call your dog to "come." Encourage them by clapping your hands or making noises but don't repeat the "come" command

  • When your dog runs to you, say "Yes!"

  • Give them a treat

  • As your dog gets better at "come," run farther away before you call them

  • The next method is The Recall Method:

  • Put your dog on a leash.

  • Hold the other end of the leash, say "come" once, then quickly move backward.

  • Keep moving backward until your dog gets all the way to you.

  • Immediately give the treat when they come all the way to you and say “Yes”

  • Work your way to 100% trained in the house

  • Then move outdoors where there are more distractions

 

Something to keep in mind, make sure you aren’t using the command to call your dog to you if you’re going to do something he doesn’t like. Be consistent, stay positive, and reinforce the behavior you want, and you’ll see results.

 

 

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Learning the “come” command can be for his safety, if your dog gets out, this may be the only way you will be able to stop him before he runs into the road. Bear in mind that the "come" command isn't always the best option when you want your dog by your side. For instance, if you haven't fully trained your dog to understand what you want when you say "come," don't use that command and expect results. It will probably be better to go and get them than to say "come" repeatedly.

 

There are a couple of methods to teach your dog to “come” however you choose to train him, make sure you keep practicing until you are certain that your dog will respond the first time you call.

 

The first method is The Long Line: (you will need an assistant for this one)

 

  • Attach the long training leash to your dog's collar

  • Your assistant should stand behind your dog and hold them by lacing their hands across the dog's chest.

  • Get your dog's attention by holding a treat in front of his nose and talking to them in an excited voice

  • Run a few feet away, then call your dog to "come." Encourage them by clapping your hands or making noises but don't repeat the "come" command

  • When your dog runs to you, say "Yes!"

  • Give them a treat

  • As your dog gets better at "come," run farther away before you call them

  • The next method is The Recall Method:

  • Put your dog on a leash.

  • Hold the other end of the leash, say "come" once, then quickly move backward.

  • Keep moving backward until your dog gets all the way to you.

  • Immediately give the treat when they come all the way to you and say “Yes”

  • Work your way to 100% trained in the house

  • Then move outdoors where there are more distractions

 

Something to keep in mind, make sure you aren’t using the command to call your dog to you if you’re going to do something he doesn’t like. Be consistent, stay positive, and reinforce the behavior you want, and you’ll see results.