Teaching Your Puppy a Reliable Recall

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Puppy Training
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One of the most important, and quite frankly, life-saving commands you can teach your puppy is to come when you call. You want to be confident that your pup will come to you quickly and without hesitation.

There are a couple of things to remember,

1. Never, and I mean never, punish your dog for coming. You can punish your pup and not even know you did, for instance, your pup is playing with other dogs, digging holes and chasing squirrels, you call him to come, and he when he gets to you, you clip on the leash and take him home, to your pup this is the worst form of punishment and he will hesitate next time you want him to come to you.

2. You will want to practice in steps, first in the house, then in the yard, and finally in a larger park. All of this training should be done with your pup on a leash, in the home and yard on a 6 foot leash, and in the park, a 50 foot leash. This will give you control, and confidence that your pup will not get away from you.

3. At first with no distractions, and then when you know your pup is getting it right, add some distractions, such as other dogs, people, cats, cars, ect.

4. Always reward your puppy for coming to you, even if you didn’t call her to come, for example, give treat, play with toys, ect. Anything that your puppy perceives as a good thing can be used as a reward, even going outside to sniff the ground is a reward for your pup. This will reinforce to your pup that coming to you is a good thing.

5. Use your pups name when training any command, this will let the pup know that when she hears her name it means pay attention, puppies can tune out their name because they hear it so much, but when you train your pup in this fashion,… Call her name, “Lassie”, in the same kind of tone as you would call to a friend to get their attention. When she looks at you, and you must wait until she is looking at you, then give the command to come, encourage her as she approaches with smiles and marked excitement, and immediately reward her with a tasty treat when she gets to you.


This is a very good method to teach your puppy a reliable recall.

Remember this, If your pup is not looking at you they are not paying attention.

If you have questions about this or any other topic, please contact me via the contact form at the bottom of this post, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.



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