Zen and the Art of Dog

How to Teach Your Dog to Come

Teaching recall is one of the MOST important training skills. It is both practical (save your dog from getting run over by a car or eating something they shouldn’t) and dog’s love it. But, it’s also a difficult skill to train because most people don’t know how to train it.

Welcome to Zen and the Art of Dog- where we impart the wisdom that we have learned on our journey.

Teaching Your Dog to Come, The Step-by-Step Process

  1. Get a long leash, prong collar and you might even consider an ecollar. Also, treats are helpful.
  2. Gear your dog up and go outside.
  3. Let them lose interest in you.
  4. Give the command (typically “come”).
  5. Start to put pressure on the leash by pulling the dog toward you (you might even start walking backwards, try to get them to commit to trotting towards you).
  6. Provide lots of praise and a treat when they reach you.
  7. Repeat.

Practicing this a couple days a week for a few weeks should get your dog learning to come.

Let us know if you have a different training method!

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