The Command to Come When Called

One of the most basic and important commands that you will need to teach your dog is to come when called. No matter what else happens, if you have taught your dog this command you will always be able to maintain control whether at home or in public.

Should your dog ever get off it’s leash or escape from your property you will know that when you call it that it will come back and this certainly makes life a lot easier for the dog owner. For working dogs, this is a vital skill as a handler needs to know that at any time they can get the dog back beside them and ready for their next command.

When you are comfortable that your dog knows the commands of ‘stay’ and ‘come’ you no longer have to be as concerned that it needs to be kept on a leash at all times. This allows both the owner and the dog to have a lot more freedom. Generally, this command of ‘come’ is incorporated when teaching the dog to stay, as these two lessons work hand-in-hand with one another.

The dog is first taught to stay and then the owner will teach the dog to come, while still on an xtended leash. After gaining success in getting the dog to come, while still on a leash, the owner can then teach it to do so without the leash. Obviously for an untrained animal this would be better taught in an enclosed area until the dog has learned to respond to that command.   

Please note: This article is part of a collection of dog-related content that we purchased the rights to. Opinions expressed may or may not agree with those espoused by Master Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz. When in doubt, please refer to the advice given in Adam’s dog training book.  This article is provided for your enjoyment, only. It’s relevance to real world working dog training may be limited. 

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  1. My dog will come if a treat is involved, but if he’s in the hallway he will not come. If I have him on and sit and then say come he will, but only at that time. Otherwise he does not listen. I’ve been working on this for months now. He’s an akc yellow lab and I thought he would pick that up fast because they are smart. I have him on a extended leash and bring him towards me to come. I never see him learning this command. Any suggestions?

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