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How To Train Your Dog To Come When Called

How To Train Your Dog To Come When Called

Learn how to train your dog to recognise its name and come when called. The Head of Training at Battersea Dogs and Cat's Home, Ali Taylor, takes you through the technique.

Step 1: When and how to reward

Reward your dog all the time for movements in the right way, then for the whole action, then for best attempts. Rewards can be food in the form of treats or part of your dog's dinner, praise, or a toy or game. Remember it is only a reward if your dog wants it.

Step 2: Name recognition

To get your dog to pay attention to its name, hold a reward between yours and your dog's eyeline, say its name and as soon as it looks at you, give the reward.

Step 3: Coming when called

To get your dog to come when called, show it a toy or treat, then move away a couple of paces. Call out your dog's name and say 'come' in a happy voice, smiling and gesturing to your dog. As the dog comes to you, hold its collar and either feed or play with it. Gradually increase the distance between you and your dog until you can call it from room to room or in and out of the garden. Don't call your dog if you are going to punish or shout at it.

Remember to make learning fun. Your dog will respond more quickly and won't be afraid to try again if you make a mistake.

Step 4: Done