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Teaching Your Dog To Come To You

Teaching your dog to come to you when called is one of the most important basic commands. Once this command is mastered, you can protect him from a potentially dangerous situation by calling him to you. You can teach this command to a young puppy as soon as he learns his name.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times per day

Here’s How:

  1. Start indoors at the end of your dog’s leash.
  2. While he is not paying close attention to you, say his name followed by “come” in a clear, excited tone.
  3. Make movements such as tapping your knees and stepping backwards.
  4. As soon as your dog comes to you, praise him lavishly without causing overexcitement.
  5. If he does not come, lightly tug on the leash to encourage him. Again, keep an upbeat, excited tone to your voice – show him that coming to you is a very positive thing.
  6. Repeat 5 to 6 times, gradually moving outdoors. As he improves, practice it without the leash only if you have a fenced-in yard.

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