Train Your Dog to Come


It’s imperative to train your dog to come on command. It is probably THE most important, life saving command! Dogs not only need to learn  to come to you whenever you call, but even to strangers – in case they get lost and need help getting home.

train your dog to come

Practice coming inside first, but then make sure you work on it
outside without distractions before trying it in a difficult place. 


Here are some tips I give my clients for better recall:


Top 3 common mistakes:


1. Make sure you teach your dog the command “come” in the house and practice it to perfection before expecting him to listen outside.  Do not just use their name in the house and forget to say “come” (almost everyone does this at some point!)


2. Don’t punish your dog for coming! If your dog comes and gets leashed & taken home from the park, put in his crate, or gets an unwanted bath, he’s going to learn that it stinks to come. Make sure you make all “come” commands happy with positive outcomes for your pup.


3. Always make your dog come all the way to you and sit.  He should be comfortable having his collar grabbed so that anyone can read his ID tag & call you. If people can’t grab his collar, your ID tag is useless. This can be a life or death issue, as explained in the video below from an SF Dog Connectors Meetup .




  • Practice having your dog come to family members and friends when they visit.   You can make it a fun game of “hide and seek”.  This way, they learn to come to anyone who calls AND to come even when they can’t see you.
  • Make sure you practice with strangers and that your dog isn’t skittish or afraid around new people.  If you don’t do this work, if your dog gets loose, no one can catch him… which can make it impossible for a safe return.  Learn more about that here, as well as the video below.


This video demonstrates the importance of having your dog some to you – or anyone – and being able to grab their collar.