Start indoors as the dog will have less distractions and more chance for success.
Introducing the Idea Encourage the dog to come to you without actually saying the word “come.” Like training all other behaviors, you want to make sure that he comes reliably before adding a cue. You can clap and call out, “Puppy,” or squeak a toy. Click and treat when he comes to you. Repeat several times.
Introducing the Cue Once he comes to you each and every time you clap or call, you can start adding the cue. As soon as he starts running toward you, say the word, ”come” (or whatever word you choose to use). Always give praise and a reward. Once you have practiced this several times you can start giving the cue when your dog is not paying attention to you.
Progressions Dogs do not generalize well so it is important to make gradual steps and to reduce your criteria when changing location or adding distractions.
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