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"Come" When Called

If you want your dog to come running when you call them, never call your dog and do something they don't like (bath, nails, pills, etc.) or scold them for not being fast enough. They will stop coming when called if it means bad things happen to them!

LEVEL 1

  1. Start inside your home with your dog on a leash.

  2. Toss a treat in front of you so that your dog has to move away from you to get it.

  3. After they eat the treat, say "Fido, COME!"

  4. ONLY SAY IT ONCE

  5. Take 3 big steps backwards and stand up straight.

  6. When your dog gets all the way to you, say "YES!" and give them a treat from between your knees.

  7. Praise and pet your dog. Have a little party!

Success Criteria

Your dog is EXCITEDLY running to you when you tell them ONE TIME to "Come". The level is not successful if you are repeating the cue.

LEVEL 2

  1. Repeat Level 1 in different rooms inside your home.

Success Criteria

You tell your dog ONE TIME to "Come" and within 5 seconds of hearing the cue, they come running!

LEVEL 3

  1. Repeat Level 1 outside your home.

Success Criteria

You tell your dog ONE TIME to "Come" and within 5 seconds of hearing the cue, they come running!

LEVEL 4

  1. Ask your dog to Sit.

  2. Tell them to Wait.

  3. Move to the end of the leash, and pause for a second or two.

  4. say "Fido, COME!"

  5. ONLY SAY IT ONCE

  6. Take 3 big steps backwards and stand up straight.

  7. When your dog gets all the way to you, say "YES!" and give them a treat from between your knees.

  8. Praise and pet your dog. Have a little party!

Success Criteria

Your dog stays in a Sit until you call them, and they come running when you tell them to "Come".

LEVEL 5

  1. Repeat steps 1-6 of Level 4.

  2. When your dog gets all the way to you, ask them to "Sit".

  3. Say "YES!" and give them a treat from between your knees.

  4. Praise and pet your dog. Have a little party.

Success Criteria

Your dog stays in a Sit until you call them, and they come running when you tell them to "Come", even with distractions."

LEVEL 6

  1. Get a long line (10' or more).

  2. Practice Level 4 in different locations inside and outside.

Success Criteria

Your dog comes running when you tell them to "Come", even with distractions."

Tips for Success!
  • Be fun, exciting, and animated when you call your dog so they are super excited to come running to you. Get their adrenaline pumping!

  • Only call your dog when they are off-leash if you would bet $100 they will do it. Once they learn they can ignore you, it's very hard to unlearn it. If you need them to come to you and aren't sure they will, lure them with treats instead.

  • Reward your dog every time they come to you, even if they took their time about it. Never scold or do something they don't like after calling your dog.It will teach your dog NOT to come when you call them!