The "Come" Command to Your Dog
the "Come" command is critically important,
and how well your dog executes this command can actually
be a life saver at sometime during it's life. It is not
hard to train "come" command but it does
require some time and patience.
teaching the "Come" command you will need to
have a 50 foot piece of clothes-line rope or the equivalent.
Attach the rope to the dog's collar and allow the dog to
wander away from you while you hold the other end of the
rope. When the dog is out about 10 feet, call the dog excitedly
making sure you are crouched down. If you need to, you
can use the rope to give a quit tug so the dog will
start moving toward you. DO NOT pull on the rope, just give
it a little tug to get the dog coming toward you.
Pulling the dog toward you is not going to teach the dog
anything, and it may actually make the dog NOT to want
to come to you.
dog comes to you, give it lavish praise and a small
piece of treat. Repeat
this procedure until
the dog come to you every the time. Then increase the
distance 5 feet or so.
outdoor sessions, you can also work indoors. When the
dog is away from you, simply call it to you and reward
it with treats and praise when it comes.
course of several days (or maybe weeks) you should be
able to have the dog out to the full 50 feet and it
should come to you every time. At
this point, you can start working off leash.
the off leash training in
your yard when it is quiet and when you have very few
outside distractions. The off leash training should be
just like the on leash training. The only thing that
will be different is that the rope is gone. Remember,
you MUST be patient, and don't forget the praise and
you dog may get loose, or chase after a critter, another
dog or even one of the neighborhood kids. The
"come" command can be the only thing between
you and the dog, and if you can call your dog and make
it come, you may actually be able to avoid your dog
being hit by a car, or hurt by a wild animal. For these
reasons, it is crucial that this training is successful.
all training, keep your sessions short. Advanced
training should be kept under 10 minutes in
length. Always do something that the dog likes to do
when the session ends. Playing with the dog's favorite
toy or going for a walk will keep your dog interested in
training. Because there is a "fun time"
following the training, it will make the dog more
willing to train well.