What You Don’t Understand About Your Dog Coming When Called

I’ve said it before and I will say it again….


Life with and for dogs can be dangerous.

One dropped lead can lead to disaster and death.

The only way to guard against that is to teach a reliable recall or “come” command.

But we as people and humans don’t understand the intricacies of your dog coming when called.

It seems easy, you call…your dog should come…immediately.

dog coming when calledAfter all, when we call our children we also expect a quick response.

Our children learn pretty quickly that avoiding us brings punishment or at least some kind of negative repercussion.

Dogs, well… dogs aren’t like that.

Dogs do not have the intellectual ability to realize there will be trouble and so they should come immediately.

If you sound angry, your dog is convinced he can stay away from you, forever.

Think Like a Dog

So, you must think like your dog in order to teach your dog to come every time he is called!

Want To Watch How “Come” Should REALLY Be Trained?

Look over Chet Womach’s shoulder as he takes you with him to his recent clients house where he shows you exactly how he cured their 2 year old Labradoodle bad habit of NOT coming when called, in just four training sessions.

Watch How ‘Coming When Called’ Should Be Trained Here


Everyone loves games!

Kids love games!

Adults love games!

And, dogs love games!

Dogs are a lot like toddlers, dogs LOVE games!

So by making your dog think that coming to you when called is a GAME you are ensuring that he enjoys the idea and the process.

dog coming when calledWe know that coming when called is anything but a game but I, personally, want my dog to think that this is fun!

So from the moment I bring my puppy’s home, I am running backward and calling them to COME!

When they get to me, I provide treats and/or toys and more games.

I also ask friends to hold my dog as I dramatically dart away from him and when I have deemed that I have gone far enough, I call him to come.

This frustration, at being kept away from me with the added excitement of my calling him, solidifies and conditions my dogs that coming when called is FUN.

You Have to Be Better Than Everything Else

After all, you have to be better than everyone and everything else that is possibly going on in the environment.

You need to be better than the squirrel that is taunting him.

You have to be better than the neighbor kids that are racing up and down the street on their scooters.

You have to be better than the loose dog in your front yard, or the cat down the street.

Your dog doesn’t choose not to come to you because he doesn’t love you.  He is simply distracted by what he thinks is BETTER than you!

You must convince him from an early age that coming to you is the best decision that he can make, in any given circumstance.

#1 Mistake With Getting Your Dog To Come When Called

Don’t! I mean DO NOT allow your dog to run free off leash if you don’t already have an impeccable recall!

Honestly, I want you to be the most fun thing in his life.

But, let’s face it there are things in this world that your dog could find more fun… if he were to get the opportunity of interacting or playing with them.

Running free and off leash rewards a dog for doing whatever HE wants whenever HE wants it; and nothing is more contrary to coming when called than allowing a dog to please himself however he desires.

You see, I know that I am not the most exciting thing on earth, but in order to keep my dog happy and stimulated and under my control, I want him to believe that I am!


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  1. Great video and useful information.
    Thank you !


  2. I think this is the best training idea. But what if the dig is one year old and never trained? Will this technique still work? I think it could if applied all over again. Restructure his thoughts. This is a very good method. Thanks


  3. Cyndi says:

    We played hide-and-seek with our puppy. When she was distracted by something else we hid somewhere in the yard then called her. She she came we rewarded her with treats. We did this over and over again for months. Likewise randomly when she was not with us in the house we would call her and reward her with treats.

    She is reliable nearly all of the time but was not reliable when we were out for a walk and took her off leash (to see if she was reliable) when she was under 2 years of age. She is a dachshund that loves to chase critters so I don’t believe that she could ever be truly reliable off leash.


    Minette Reply:

    Not all dogs can or should be off leash


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