Training "come" can be lots of fun when you know how to do it.

Teaching your dog to come when called is not as easy as we'd like it to be. If you think of life through your dogs eyes, there are so many more interesting things to be doing then coming back to you. When working with your dog to teach "come" make sure that every time your dog does come to you, good things happen. Avoid yelling at him for returning too slowly or carrying your favorite shoe in his mouth. If you punish your dog when he arrives, he will learn to stay away!

Call your dog to you when you know he will come - dinner time, play time or returning home after an absence. Play with him, reward him with treats, belly rubs and other things he enjoys so he learns that being near you is good!

In the park, call him to you a few times, praising and rewarding before sending him back out to play with his buddies. Many people make the mistake of letting the dog off leash and not calling him back until it's time to leave the park, at which point the leash goes on and fun ends. It doesn't take too long for your dog to learn, when he hears his name, it's time to leave.

Teach your dog that he can come to you, get a cookie, then go back to his buddies for more fun! He will be more likely to return to you when it's necessary.

These are just a few small hints for building a successful recall.