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How to Train Your Dog to Come when You Call

 
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Train Your Dog to Come when You Call

You should take all aspects of dog care into consideration before deciding to get a dog. It's vital that you teach your pet a series of rules and good habits when you welcome it into your home, just as you would with children. These rules can vary from not jumping onto the couch, peeing in the house, barking at nothing, to ensuring it sleeps in its own bed instead of yours. One of the most important things you should teach your dog is to come when you call it. This is even more important when you're outside the home. You need to feel sure that you can trust your dog to come to your side when you need it to, to avoid any scary situation or feel that your furry friend does whatever it wants. So, today at OneHowTo you will find out how to train your dog when you call it.

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Steps to follow:
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To be able to teach a dog to sit, lie down, pee and also to come when it's called, you should first make sure that all its needs are met. This means that you should cover all its needs, not just for a better behaved dog, but also for a happy and healthy one. You should make sure that your dog eats a balanced, high-quality diet, that it exercises daily (more if you have a particularly active/large breed), and also receives love, care and affection. If your dog feels good, it will be easier for it to concentrate and listen without becoming distracted.

How to Train Your Dog to Come when You Call - Step 1
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You should build a relationship of trust with your dog, so that it listens to you. If your dog knows you, it is more likely that it will pay more attention when needed. Before letting your dog off the lead, you need to make sure that it responds to its name. Do this by practicing at home and when you're using a lead. Take your dog's favourite toy and call its name whist you show it the toy. When it comes to you, shower it with affection , saying 'good dog' so that it associates good behaviour with a positive action. Try not to mix up the different training exercises. You might find that your dog won't fetch the toy when you throw it, but at this moment, you're not trying to teach it to fetch, but to come to you when it's called.

How to Train Your Dog to Come when You Call - Step 2
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One highly effective option to reinforce this good behaviour is to reward your dog with doggy treats. Call your dog whilst showing it the treat in your hand and saying something along the lines of 'come here'. When it comes over to you, reward it with the treat and say 'good dog', as indicated in the previous point. You can repeat this action several times, although it is likely that in the end your dog will tire. It is important not to be overgenerous with the treats and to reduce its other food accordingly, to prevent overfeeding our dog. What is important is that it understands the relationship you have, that you are the boss. Rewarding your pooch with affection, treats and by saying 'good dog' is of equal importance. This will help your dog to understand better.

How to Train Your Dog to Come when You Call - Step 3
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You should be consistent and not despair when you might feel that your dog is not listening to you. If you notice that your dog is distracted, try it another time, ensuring that all its needs are cared for at all times. When teaching your dog to come to you when you're at home, you should remove any distractions. Do so in a very large space, with few objects that might draw its attention. It should just be you and your dog.

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One of the most important things to bear in mind when training your dog is to avoid getting angry. Sometimes it can be frustrating, but if your dog sees you respond negatively or feels as though it is being punished, it can worsen the situation. You dog might feel less inclined to listen to you and come to you when called. Remember that your dog will get tired during training, so avoid continuing for more than half an hour, gauging its behaviour and energy accordingly. It's very important to reinforce good behaviour with a positive response, i.e. with a reward.

How to Train Your Dog to Come when You Call - Step 5
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Once you manage to get your dog to come to you when you call it, you can try calling it outside the home. The first few times you do this, you should choose an enclosed area so that it cannot escape if it runs off. The first few times you do this, you should also keep your dog on its lead, letting it loose if you see that it responds well. If you are with other dogs it will be more difficult for your dog to listen to you. Training your dog alone, with your family or with people your dog knows is a good option. Remember to reward your dog every time it listens to you, showering it with affection and with the 'good dog' verbal reinforcement.

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