RECALLING YOUR DOG: THE COME COMMAND
The sooner you begin teaching your dog the “come" command, the better chance you have for a lifetime of consistent recalls. Recall is the term given when dog owners make use of the come command. Many believe this to be the most difficult of the command for dogs to learn, and it can take months of training and practice.
One of the easiest ways to teach your dog to consistently come to you is to use treats. Before beginning, make yourself a ‘shaker’ by placing dry dog food into a small plastic container. Make sure that you also have lots of treats for praising your dog. Start by placing your dog in a sitting position in front of you, then shake the container and say the word "TREAT". By doing this, you are teaching your dog to associate the word for treats with the noise the shaker makes. Make sure to repeat this process two or three times more, then stop for about an hour. After the break, continue for a reasonable period of time and then stop for the day.
Begin the exercise the same way the following day using the shaker and treats and having your dog sit in front of you. This time, however, say the “Come” command before using the shaker. Give your dog a treat when he responds correctly, then repeat this exercise once or twice more. At this point, your dog is learning to associate the word "Come" with the sound of the shaker and the reward of the treat. Keep practicing this exercise two or three times a day for a few days. Once your dog has gotten the hang of it, you can start to increase the distance between you and your dog. Remember to keep your voice happy and upbeat, and do not forget to praise and reward your loyal friend. As your dog begins to understand the command with greater distances, you will want to begin using this command in different locations, including those with distractions. It’s important to make sure that you never reprimand your dog for failing to come to you and that you never call your dog to you to reprimand him.
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