Training your dog to come when called is an essential skill that can help keep your dog safe and under control. Here are some steps to follow when training your dog to come:
Start indoors: Begin by training your dog indoors in a quiet, low-distraction environment. Call your dog’s name and say “come” in a happy and enthusiastic tone of voice. When your dog comes to you, reward them with a treat and praise.
Add distance: Once your dog is consistently coming to you indoors, start practicing in a larger space or outdoors. Gradually increase the distance between you and your dog, and continue to reward them when they come to you.
Add distractions: As your dog becomes more reliable at coming to you, start practicing in more distracting environments. You can use toys or treats to get your dog’s attention and encourage them to come to you.
Use a long leash: If your dog is still learning to come when called, you can use a long leash to help keep them under control. This will allow you to give your dog more freedom while still being able to reel them in if necessary.
Be consistent: Consistency is key when training your dog to come when called. Always use the same command, and reward your dog every time they come to you. With time and practice, your dog will learn to associate the “come” command with positive experiences and will come to you reliably.
Remember to be patient and keep training sessions short and positive. With time and practice, your dog will learn to come when called and will be a happier and safer companion. Good luck! 🐾