My dog does not come when called . . .
Dogs do not come when called because they have not been trained properly to do so. A dog needs to learn what the word “come” means by association and positive reinforcement. The dog has to first learn to come when called on a 6 foot leash before it will learn to come to the owner from a distance. Then the owner can progress to a long leash and then to off-leash. Start with teaching the dog to come when called on a short leash. Change directions and back up when saying the dog’s name and “come”. Always reward with play or a treat. (positive reinforcement) Practice this in all different surroundings and distractions.
Once the dog has learned the word come on a 6 foot leash, then progress to a 35 foot leash and repeat the exercises. If the dog does not come to you when you say the command, you must get the dog to come back to you by pulling him in on the leash, or backing up and encouraging him to follow. If the dog is off-leash, do not use the “Come‘ command unless you are certain the dog will come back to you 100% of the time. This is why we need to use a leash!
If you’d like to learn more about teaching your dog to come when called visit our Come When Called Workshop page.