Teaching your dog the Come command is a lot easier if you remain consistent throughout your dog’s training. Inconsistency gives your dog the impression that they don’t ALWAYS have to obey. This will make the future training even more difficult.
Follow these four steps to stay on the right track while teaching your furry friend the Come command:
1. Let your dog or puppy explore
The first thing you need to do is to place a collar around your dog with a long line (25 ft.) attached to it. Let your dog or puppy roam freely in your home for a while so that they get used to wearing these accessories.
2. Start training your pup at home
Next, you want to practice saying the word “come” while giving the leash a gentle pull. If your dog comes, reward them with a treat and praise him right away. If your dog refuses to come or tries to pull away from the leash, patiently wait until your puppy relaxes and try the command again until he or she obeys.
The most important thing to remember while doing this is to remain calm. If you are not relaxed and positive during the exercise, your dog will get the wrong message. Your pooch will either think you’re dissatisfied with them or react negatively to your emotions in some other way.
3. Take your dog for a walk
Once your dog is confident with the leash at home, it’s time to give him some training outdoors. Take your pup for a 15-minute walk, allowing them to explore their surroundings and get used to being in a different environment while wearing the long line.
During the 15 minutes, you need to give the Come command at least 3 times. As you say “come,” gently tug the line and run in the opposite direction from your dog. Your pup should naturally follow you. When he or she does this, give lots of praise and even a reward. Once your pup is familiar with the command, you will no longer need to run away or tug at the line to get them to obey.
4. Repetition is key in dog training
Even when your dog has mastered the Come command, regular enforcement is necessary. It’s also a good idea to practice the command in different environments so that your dog knows he or she has to obey no matter where you are.