How to Get Your Dog to Come When Called

Training your dog to come when called is a great way to enjoy more freedom with your pet. When you have a well-trained dog, you can take them anywhere and not worry about them getting lost or running away.

Imagine just how free you’ll feel knowing your dog will come when called! The good news is that it’s not as difficult as you may have been led to believe, so keep reading and we’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to get your dog to come when called!

How Long Should Recall Training Take?

How to Get Your Dog to Come When Called

Your dog’s attention span and how easily they are distracted will both be major factors in how easily they can be recall trained. Teaching your dog to come when called is actually not that difficult, but it will take some dogs longer to learn than others.

Be sure that you are working with your dog regularly, but keep the training sessions short to keep them engaged and learning. Aim for 10 to 15 minutes of working with your dog twice a day. If your dog likes to resist or has trouble with training, try reading our article on how to train your stubborn dog!

Remove Distractions During Training

Take a few minutes before beginning each session to make sure that your dog won’t have anything around to distract them while you’re doing your training together. This means removing not just people, but also anything that could generate smells or noises. If it might compete for your dog’s attention, get it out of there!

Should You Use Training Treats to Teach Recall?

Yes (particularly in the beginning), and then you’ll use them less and less as your dog learns. Hold up the treat while standing ten to fifteen feet away from your dog, then say your dog’s name followed by “come” clearly in a happy, excited tone.

If your dog is being resistant, you can try making some obvious movements like bending slightly over and tapping on your knees while slowly moving backwards. Even if your dog initially has trouble with the “come” command, they’ll naturally follow after you. Give them lots of verbal praise when they do!

Should I Chase My Dog While Recall Training?

Definitely do not! If your dog takes off and then you bolt after them, they’re going to think it’s a game and you’ll be reinforcing this negative behavior by chasing them.

If your dog runs from you during recall training, continue to call your dog’s name while moving away from them. Eventually, they should get refocused on you. When they return, give them lots of praise and pets.

You should now know everything you need to get your dog to come when called. It will take time and persistence, but the effort will be well worth it in the end! Good luck, and don’t forget to pin this in case you need a reminder later on!