It is so important to teach your dog to “come”. The “come” command could save your dog’s life some day. I learned the hard way. My dog,
, was 1 ½ years old when he was hit by a car. When I think about it, the whole series of events leading up to his tragic loss runs in slow motion in my mind. Griffin
About two minutes later, the phone rang. It was the police telling me my dog had just been hit by a car. My neighbor took care of my son while I went to the scene of the accident.
The person who hit him was in tears and offered to bring
I only tell this story so you can see how important it is to teach your dog the command, “come”. I have a puppy now. He is 5 months old and I work on the recall command every day. The puppy is doing very well with returning to me when I call him, but I am going to continue training him until “come” is perfected.
I use the following method:
1. I tie a 50 foot length of rope onto the puppy’s collar then let him wander in the yard.
2. I say his name and then the word “come”. Then I draw the rope to me until the puppy gets back to me.3. I have him sit and then praise him and give him a treat.
4. We do this about twenty times a day. After three days, the puppy was running back to me and I didn’t have to pull the rope.
I also use this method to train him not to leave the yard. When the puppy reaches the boundary of the yard, I pull on the rope and say, “No”. He is learning quickly not to go beyond the borders of the yard. I do this in different areas of the property, so he learns the boundaries.
I hope this helps you, and that you teach your dog the “recall command”, so you don’t have to go through the tragedy that I did.