Teaching your dog how to come when called, can be one of the most rewarding dog training experiences you can have. A dependable recall, or always come when called, is probably the most important skill you should train your dog for. It will let your dog have more mobility and, at the very least, give you more liberty while your dog is living with you. Although it may seem confusing at first, teaching your dog how to come when called is actually quite easy. All you need is the right training tools.
In order to teach your dog how to come whenever called, take them to the dog park. The more often your dogs are exposed to a variety of different experiences, the better they will learn to come when called. One way to do this is by going to the dog park with your other dogs. Having socialized pairs of dogs is one way to encourage your dogs to interact with each other.
If you don’t have access to another dog parks in your area, consider purchasing a toy or treats that have the recall on them. There are many different toys on the market that you can purchase in order to teach your dog how to recall. These toys should also be used in addition to the recall training. This will provide a great deal of assistance when trying to train your dog. Not only does the toy help reinforce the recall, but it also provides your dog with a great mental stimulation while working on the recall training.
Using praise and treats to teach your dog how to come when called is an effective method that requires very little physical effort. You’ll simply need to reward your dog with a food treat whenever they successfully bring the given object back to you. Once they’ve learned to come when they’re called, you’ll simply need to eliminate the reward and start working on the verbal training.
There are many different ways in which to teach your dog to come when called. The most popular method used by dog trainers is called “clicker training.” This method involves a simple training device called a clicker, which is easy to obtain at any pet store. Using the clicker, your dog will learn to respond to the clicking noise made by the clicking device. Clicker training is commonly used for obedience training purposes. It is also very effective for potty training purposes.
Another good method of teaching your dog how to come when called is to use a simple long line or leash. Long lines are available at almost any pet store that specializes in dog supplies. Using a long line will require that you maintain constant contact with your dog while walking.
When your dog gets close to a distraction such as another dog, your pet may quickly react by pulling away, turning around, or sniffing the other dog. In order to teach your dog how to deal with distractions, simply lead the distraction towards your dog without making any effort to bring him close to it. You can then offer the tempting treat that you would normally give your dog if he were going to perform any behavior that you’d like him to perform. After he performs any behavior that you’d like him to perform, simply call him over to your side, then offer him the treat and praise him.
The last method I’ll discuss here is called recall. A recall is essentially the process of enticing your dog to come to you. In order to perform a recall, the dog must be able to see you in front of him. To begin a recall, simply hold your arm out in front of your body, with your hand slightly extended in front of your body. Your dog should then come to you and stand directly in front of you, facing you. Once your dog has come to you, offer him the treat and immediately turn back to your dog, allowing him to see you without needing to come to you.