Written by Christine Durrant, Professional Dog Trainer and Pet Care Consultant
If you want to teach your dog to come when called to you reliably, read this post…
So many people say "My dog never comes when called". Teaching a dog to come when called requires a really good connection between the dog and the human. If your dog is NOT trained to sit, lay down or stay, I highly recommend you start on those before working on teaching your dog the Come command. Come is more a more advanced dog training command and works best if you have formed a bond through positive reinforcement training first. If you have successfully trained your dog in basic manners teaching come will be much easier.
NEVER say the word “come” unless you are 100% sure your dog will succeed. You must train them in a controlled environment, building up to distractions and relishing in all success. If you find yourself saying the command regularly and your dog ignores you, you have basically “ruined” the word and should start with a new one (we recommend “Here”). During training, do not use the word until you have your dog’s attention and they are secure on a leash/lead.
For the purpose of this blog, I will assume you have not ruined the command and use “Come”.
Here are the steps I would recommend for training your dog to come when called: