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How to Teach the “Come” Command to Your Dog

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on March 28, 2024 by Dogster Team

Girl training black and white border collie dog puppy

How to Teach the “Come” Command to Your Dog

Once your dog has learned how to sit and how to stay, it’s time to teach them how to come. Having those two commands mastered makes it possible to master the recall command. Be sure to start in a safe environment with as little distraction as possible, but if you do move to the outside or a distracting environment, be sure to use a long leash.

Follow these steps:

  • Hold a favorite toy or treat in your hand up by your face.
  • Drop the toy or treat to your side so that it is nose level to your dog, making them want to come to you (this will eventually become the hand sign for the command).
  • When they come to you all the way, give them the toy or treat and plenty of praise as a reward.
  • Reset and then start again.

Set your dog up for success! Don’t take them to the dog park and try the come command after practicing for two days. Asking your dog to “come” at a dog park is like asking a child to get out of the pool at a pool party!

General rule of thumb (paw): It takes a dog two to four weeks to learn a new behavior and three to six months to retain as long-term memory. Each time you change the environment, start with the beginning steps for best results.

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