12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

10 Solid Recalls

Come. It’s the most important cue for a dog to know because it could save his life.. Please put the time, training, and effort into making this the most solid cue in your dog’s command repertoire.

Training “come” doesn’t have to be boring either. The following game still is one of my favorites:

2 Man Game

  • Leash your dog. 
  • One person holds the leash. The other person (I will refer to as “the runner”) will take a handful of treats and make a fist around the treats. 
  • The runner places the treats in front of the dog’s nose to let him smell. 
  • The runner  jogs several steps away from the dog (dog is still being held on the leash). 
  • As the runner moves he will say something in a high pitch voice like “puppy, puppy, puppy.” 
  • After several steps the runner stops, squats down and says dog’s name and “come.” 
  • The person holding the leash lets go.
  • The runner will deliver his handful of treats, one at a time. With each treat, the runner will praise the dog, telling him how handsome he is, what a great job that was, and how smart he is.

Caution: During the game do not say his name or the cue “come” as you are running. Also do not say “come” multiple times. Come is a treasured cue that needs a response on the first time it’s cued for a matter of safety.

Remember, dogs do not generalize easily so work on this exercise through the front door, in the front yard, and the side gates where bolting could potentially happen. If you want to read more about generalization you can check out my blog: Your Dog Really Doesn’t Know.

Make a choice to commit to working on the “come”cue with your furry bestie, so you have your 10 solid recalls.



Blog written by  Michelle Huntting
Building bridges between dogs and pet guardians



Check out Michelle’s other 12 Days of Dog Training Tips or the Pet Holiday Zen Tips!
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