Teach Your Dog to Come
Your mailman is delivering a package, and you see your dog dart his car to greet him. While you don’t mind the greeting part, you know that your dog likes to jump on people and his paws are muddy from digging in the yard moments before. Knowing this, you call for your furry friend to come to you so that you can protect the kind man from muddy paw prints.
But… your dog doesn’t listen to your command, and now you find yourself greatly apologizing for the inconvenience and dirty clothes.
Though this situation isn’t entirely terrible, we want to help you ensure that your pawsome pup knows better and comes to you when you call for him/her!
Step 1: Start with Stay
When beginning this training lesson, it will be best to get them to start in a “staying” position. If your dog has yet to master that command, then simply have someone distract your dog or hold them on a leash.
Step 2: Grab Their Attention
Your pooch is going to be getting distracted by all sorts of things around them, be sure to grab their attention in a way that will make them notice you.
You can call for them in an exciting way and pat your leg or clap your hands together. Doing this will excite them and make them want to run over to you.
Step 3: Praise
As usual, praising your pup is the key that will get them to listen to you when you call for them. They know they will get treats or pettings when they come to you, and this gives them an incentive.
Step 4: Start Over and Add Distance
Once you get your dog to come to you when you call, you can then reset and do it again! Tell them to stay where they just met you at or once again have someone hold them in place.
At first, you may want to keep the same distance that originally worked but after a few times, you will want to add some distance between the two of you.
Step 5: Practice
You know you can’t skip this step! In order for them to remember their training, you will need to practice having them come to you on command even after they learn this skill.
That way, in any situation, you can feel confident that your pooch will listen and make their way to you any time that you call for them.
Teaching your dog to come may be a little challenging at times, depending on their age and the surroundings that you are in. Starting this lesson indoors may help until you feel they are ready to move outdoors, where there will undoubtedly be more distractions.
Keep in mind that it is best to keep a positive attitude and a positive tone during the training; that way, your dog will trust you.