The Quickest Way to Teach Your Dog to Come When Called
It's Imperative for You to Teach Your Dog to Come When Called
And there are many ways that you can do so.
But, my favorite way to teach my dog to come when called is by playing “hide and seek”.
However, I understand that many people can’t find the time or another person to help them. For them I would say… TRY HARDER. ;)
Single-handedly, this, and restraint (someone holding your dog away from you when you call him), is THE BEST way to teach your dog to come when called.
Simply put, it is fun!!!
And, fun games make for reliable behaviors!
However, we need a multitude of ways to teach our dogs to come to us, whether it be formal obedience style or just functional style.
So, what is the quickest way to teach your dog to come when called?
I think the quickest way (minus the aforementioned style), is teaching them when they are on leash and you are working on leash training and obedience.
Let’s be clear, if you have absolutely NO leash manners, you can’t expect your dog to listen to any other command. He is simply out walking and pulling and yanking and sputtering to fulfill his own needs and do what he wants.
This, by the way, is not a great way to work with a dog.
Dogs should learn leash manners and learn to listen to their human while they are on leash.
It isn’t easy, but it is worth it. If you need help, read this and ALL of the highlighted articles within, because leash manners is one of the most difficult things you can ask your dog to perform.
From here, we can learn to back up and call them!
So while I am walking down the road with my dog (with possibly no destination in mind), I simply run backwards and call my dog to come.
Why would I do that?
Sounds crazy right?
I mean, he is right there on leash next to me, and I don’t NEED him to come!
But that is the kind of consistency that he needs.
Also, that is the kind of positivity he needs.
There is literally no conflict when you walk backwards and call him to come (unless you do it in a very distracting environment).
He simply turns around and comes and sits in front of you.
You also have control!
Volume creates habit.
And, when that volume is also accompanied by reward and positivity, you are building a bridge of happiness.
You are creating a habit.
Come = GREAT THINGS!
This increases your chance that even if your dog is accidentally off leash, he will still listen!
Do it often!
Make it fun!
And, never make it’s meaning change to something negative.
Also, never think “My dog has got this…. We can stop this training and move on to something else.”
I don’t care if my puppy is 8 weeks or 15 years old, his recall is the most important thing in his and my life.
And, literally all it takes is a few minutes of fun a day to build the bridge that helps him to remember how fun the “come” command is!
So, you'd better get started!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.