Teaching your dog the "Come here" command

The biggest lesson you could teach a dog is to come when he's called. A dog who responds quickly and consistently when called can enjoy liberties that other canines cannot. A dog like this can play inside the dog run, walk alongside you in flat-collared parks, and stay out of mischief in almost any setting. Even though you never intend to let your dog off the leash, accidents sometimes happen. Collars snap, leashes slip, and gates and doors are accidentally left open. When an accident occurs, having a trustworthy "recall" on your dog may save his life. While this article cannot cover all of the numerous activities that contribute to a strong memory, I have listed a few key ones.

1 - Schedule brief training sessions.


It is quite straightforward to teach your dog to come when called, although some dogs take longer than others. The ability of your dog to understand a recall command is largely determined by its attention span or susceptibility to distraction. You must train on a regular basis and use important rewards. Try to teach your dog in 20 minutes at a minimum three times a week, but not more than twice a day.

2 - Distractions should be avoided.


Although your dog will need to learn to filter out certain distractions, do not even try to teach it in an environment that will overstimulate it with noise or scent. As you begin training, you or your dog ought to be the only ones inside the house under normal circumstances.

3 - Make use of treats.


Use a favorite toy and your dog's favorite training goodies at first. Hold up a toy and treat, then pronounce your dog's name in a clear, eager tone, followed by "come." Do actions such as touching your knees or moving backward if necessary. As long as your dog approaches you, reward it and liberally praise it—but try not to over excite it.

4 - Do not follow your dog


If your dog runs away throughout these training sessions, never chase it down. This confuses the dog and turns training it into a game. Try to call the dog by name and sprint away from it to turn it around. Your dog also may chase you down in play. If this is the case, praise it when it reaches you.

5 - Issues and behavior proofing


Continue five or six times, progressively moving to different parts of your house, including outside. When your dog improves, introduce more distractions. Increase the distance between yourself and your dog gradually. You might want to go with a longer lead. Once your dog has successfully learned the recall on a long lead, practice it without the lead, but only inside or in a gated area. Gradually phase out all the toy or goodie rewards while continuing to praise. Your dog should be taught to come to you without the aid of food or toys. In the actual world, you may also need it yet have nothing to offer except admiration.

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