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How To Teach Puppy To Come When Called

 

Do you have a new puppy that loves to run away from you. Are you worried they will run out the front door, or even worse run towards danger?

I am Justin with Total Dog and in this post I am going to teach you 3 steps on how to train your puppy to come when called and how to make it fun for them!

Step 1 – Teach them their name

A young puppy has to know there name before we teach them to come. This is important because you will use their name to get them focused on us prior to enticing them to come towards us. To teach them there name just say it when they aren’t looking at you. When they turn their head around to look at you make sure to mark then reward.

Step 2 – Turn it into a game

Puppies learn best when what they are doing is fun! We love to teach young puppies a game we call recall relay. To play recall relay you need to people and some treats. Person one’s job is simply to hold the puppy by the collar. Person two’s job is to come up to the puppy, show the treat, keep the puppy focused on them, then run away a short distance. When ready person two will say “come” and at the time person 1 will let go of the puppy. Your puppy should be so pumped up to run after that treat that they run full speed. Once your puppy gets to person 2 make sure to mark it then reward. After that person 1 and 2 switch roles and then go back and forth. As your puppy is doing better you can start to increase your distance. If working this drill outside make sure to have a long leash on your dog for safety.

Step 3 – Unexpected Command

It is important that once the puppy has a solid foundation of the command of come that we start asking for the behavior when they aren’t expecting it. Up until this point it has been a game. In this step you want to tell your puppy to come when they are not focused on you. Wait for them to be distracted by something, give them the command of come, then once they commit you want to encourage their behavior. This will help you as the puppy gets older!


To recap….My 3 steps on how to train your puppy to come when called and how to make it fun for them is …

Step 1 – Teach them their name
Step 2 – Turn it into a game
Step 3 – Unexpected Command

I’m Justin with Total Dog!

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