‘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.
Mia 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.
Maxie 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?