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How to Train a Dog to Come When Called

Basic dog commands are considered an essential for any dog owner. Basic commands, such as sit and stay, can help keep dogs out of trouble—and keep dogs from exhibiting unwanted behaviors, like jumping on guests or chasing after other animals. Training a dog to come when it is called is often considered a basic command which can help dog owners retrieve loose or lost dogs, and help keep dogs from going into areas that they shouldn’t — such as neighbor’s back yards!—or getting into other mischief.

Training a dog to come when it is called is relatively easy. Most dog breeds respond well to this type of command, although certain stubborn breeds—such as the haughty Pekingese—may not always obey the command when it is given. The following are the necessary steps needed in order to train your dog to come when you call its name.

Step One

How_to_Train_a_Dog_To_Come_When_CalledFirst, you will need to find an area that doesn’t have many distractions. This can be a large room in your house, an enclosed back yard, or a front yard during the daytime when not many people are walking around. If you are not in an enclosed space, remember to use a long leash to make sure your dog is not able to run away or run loose.

Step Two

Next, you will need to show your dog a treat or something else rewarding, such as its favorite toy, a small piece of meat, or anything else that your dog will find very desirable.

Step Three

After you show your dog this item, quickly move away from your dog. Then, crouch down and keep your hands close to your body, but still in front of you.

Step Four

Once your dog begins to move closer to you, say “Yes!” and praises them. Wait until the dog reaches you to give them the treat or other reward.

Step Five

Repeat steps one through four. Once your dog begins to respond correctly–in other words, come to you after you move away–begin using the command “Come” with your dog’s name in front of it. (“Pepper, come!”) Some trainers recommend beginning to use the command in a happy, excited voice, while gradually switching to the normal voice you would likely use when giving this command.

Step Six

Practice until your dog is capable of coming to you without you moving quickly away or crouching down. It is essential to gradually introduce distractions during this type of training—never solely train your dog without distractions, as the situations in which you would use this command are typically ones which would be full of them.

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