An Essential Command

a to z challenge 2016‘Come’ when called – the most important command you can
teach your dog.

My dogs have never been in a situation where they can roam.  When outside in Iowa, they were on ropes staked in our backyard. Now our new home in Ohio has a  fenced in yard.  I still taught them the ‘come’ when called command.  You never know when a leash may snap or get loose out of your hands after a surprise distraction out on a walk. With Mia’s issues, I have not been comfortable to let her walk off leash.

I started in the house and moved outside with a retractable leash.  During a walk, I would let the leash extend, then when they were clearly distracted, using their name, implement the ‘come’ command.

Ruff Talk 4 dogsMia is pretty good at it and more than once it has turned her around when she is reacting to a dog walker or other passer-by.



Ruff Talk 4 DogsMaxie on the other hand is at an age when her hearing is failing and her eyesight is dimming. She is responding well to a hand signal I use along with the command.



Even if you are confident your dog will obey you regardless of the situation you may find yourself in, spend time teaching  your dog this valuable command.  It will provide you and your dog with an important safety tool.

What are your favorite commands you have taught your dog?

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  1. “Come” is absolutely the most important command and has to be practiced under a lot of circumstances with distractions. So many people claim their dog is well-trained and under voice control but then they are out in a park and say “come” 8-10 times and nothing happens and they end up having to retrieve the dog physically. Just because he does it in the house doesn’t mean he really obeys the command.

    • Theresa says:

      Good point Jennifer. I love to try the ‘come’ command outside on our walks when Maxie and Mia are highly distracted. Thanks for visiting Ruff Talk.

  2. Kathy says:

    A Yorkie now manages our family, since his 17 year old mini-poodle brother died. It’s hard to get follow-though for training in our family, but you’ll hear us shouting, “Teddy, want a TREAT?” around the neighborhood if he escapes. So that’s one thing he does , because he lives for treats.

    Really like how you integrated a video into your blog, which I want to do someday. Love your blog.

    • Theresa says:

      Kathy – I chuckled when I read that your Yorkie manages your family! They do tend to take over don’t they? If Teddy comes when called because he’s looking for a treat, there’s nothing wrong with that! Thanks for the nice compliments and for visiting RuffTalk

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