Train Your Puppy To Come On Call

For the best control, keep the leash and collar on your puppy  when he is out of the crate and have him supervised at all times.   Corrections can be done immediately and he won't learn the habit of running away when you reach to handle him.  Remove the leash and collar before returning him to the crate to avoid hanging accidents.


Nylon Leash And Collar

Additional Long Leash Or Rope

Puppy's Favorite Treats Or Toy

Many accidents and the tragedy of a lost puppy can be avoided by teaching the come on call.  If you start teaching this command at a young age, an entire range of problems can be totally avoided. 

Start off by keeping your puppy on the leash at all times, inside and outside (when out of his crate).  If your puppy knows that you can always reach him, he won't learn how to run away from you or learn how to dodge your hand as you reach for him. 

Remember, always let your puppy know that it is a positive thing to come to you, every time!  Keep your voice excited and happy when calling your puppy and always have a treat on hand to reward his good behavior.  There will be stages of independence and times when he will try you.  An angry voice and punishment is counter productive and will actually teach your puppy to not come to you.  The utmost patience is needed at this time to reward your puppy when he finally does come to you.  If you are angry, walk away and come back when you are more calm.

Keep your treats on hand for rewards.  While on the leash, say your puppy's name, show him a treat and walk backwards, luring your puppy to you.  When he starts to move towards you, say the word "come" at the same time then offer your treat with lots of praise. Eventually he will understand, and will start to come consistently. When you reach this stage, have him learn to come while inside, off of the leash. If he starts to ignore, go back to the leash training. When he comes consistently inside, start working on the come on call in a fenced in yard with a long leash. There will be distractions so you will have to get him coming to you consistently on the long leash first. When he comes every time on the long leash, start off leash training in your enclosed outside area. Eventually, you will be able to take your older puppy to a safe large outside area to try the recall off leash. Avoid a lot of distractions at first until you are confident that he has will obey every time. It is really excellent to reach this point, and even have him learn to come from far away just by hearing your whistle, awesome!

Check out this helpful video by Chad Hines of Willow Creek kennel.

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