Having a reliable come cue is extremely important. It’s the one command that can potentially save your dog’s life. The goal is to have your dog come directly to you each and every time you give the come cue.
What you need
Long Line (optional)
The Running Come Game
Work in a quiet area where your dog is comfortable, and there are no distractions.
- Bait your hand and stand directly in front of your dog.
- Put your baited hand directly in front of your dog’s nose.
- Keeping your baited hand at your dog’s nose’s level, begin to back away from your dog. She should follow. Begin making encouraging sounds (don’t use the come cue at this point) and moving backward more quickly. Keep your baited hand close to your body.
- If your dog loses interest or becomes distracted, use more encouragement and move closer to your dog to regain her interest. Don’t use the word “come.”
- Just before your dog catches your hand, give the come cue. As her nose touches your baited hand, give your reward word and treat.
- Give your Release cue and praise your dog!
Never use the come cue to call your dog if she’s been naughty or is about to participate in an unpleasant task (think bath time). Never use the come cue when you aren’t 100% sure that you can get your dog to come to you. Only use the come cue once. If your dog doesn’t respond to the cue, use encouraging noises to gain her interest. Until your dog has a perfect recall, you should ALWAYS practice the come cue on-leash.