Dogs love to go around stuffs that they find very interesting and more often than not, they wander farther away from you without minding their surroundings. You may hate to admit it, but surely you don’t want to be mortified in front of your friends or to the public if your dog responds only with a blank stare and much worse, if he pays no heed to your command
Training dogs about the come command or recall (as what most trainers call it) is very important. Although some dogs seem to be naturally inclined on this behavior, teaching this can be a tough job to an owner for most dogs. But at some point in time, the benefits will make it well worth the investment especially in matters of your dog’s safety. It will also be very reassuring in your part knowing that he readily responds when you call him. It is also an important skill for dogs that work as they must be at all times under total control, whether they are on leash or not.
How do you go about this?
You have to put in mind one big thing about dog training – Always assimilate fun and play in every training session, probably a few minutes before starting. It can do amazing things for the mindset of the dog and the owner alike. Furthermore, finishing the session with a moment of play time is a wonderful positive technique to end the lesson. This also helps the dog correlate obedience training with fun and not just a hard slog.
Leash Training Your Dog: The command to come and to stay when called are usually combined in obedience training, and they do go inherently together. Begin with the dog on a loose leash, ask the dog to sit and then gradually move away. If the dog starts to get up and adhere to you, go back to him and ask him to sit again. Continue the procedure until you can reach the end of the leash without the dog getting up
After you can reach the end of the leash consistently, try releasing the leash completely. It would be very much desirable that this will be done in a fenced yard. You can then start introducing him the recall command the moment the dog has perfected the stay command.
Start by taking the leash, and with the dog on the other end of the leash, say “come here” or “come”. Oftentimes, it is necessary to use an enticement when teaching this command. It can be any noticeable item that can catch his attention. This then serves as an excellent initial strategy for the on mastering the command. Repeat the process till the dog will unfailingly perform the commands. When the whole process is consistently achieved, gradually start presenting the concept when the dog is unleashed. Keep in mind that these training sessions must take place in a controlled and protected environment like a fenced yard.
An obedient, well-trained dog should give an immediate response to its owner regardless to where he is and what disruptions may happen. And by that, it would be crucial to challenge the dog with distractions of your own.
Invite a neighbor, preferably one who has a dog of his own to your house. Have him and the dog stand outside the fenced in area and repeat the recall command exercise with your dog unleashed. If the other dog becomes a disruption to him, leash him up and repeat the process. The ultimate aim here is to have your dog constantly pay attention to your instructions, regardless of whatever distraction that may occur.