Mastering The Recall Command

Many dogs have trouble coming when called by the owner, which can be scary when out by a busy street or out on a trail. Mastering this can’t be something done overnight, since it is a process. The recall command is one of the most important obedience commands you will ever teach a dog for safety reasons. This command can keep your dog from getting hit by a car or even getting taken from you.

Why Doesn’t Your Dog Come When Called?

Dogs usually don’t understand what “come here” means so usually, they don’t come. Also, many owners usually let their dogs disobey the “come” command in the past so they were not accountable for their actions or even lack of actions. Your dog may also believe that following the scent trail of a little animal or continue to explore their surroundings is more important than coming back to you. Your dog probably also has responded well to your command in the past but was inadvertently punished for their good behavior, such as getting put back in the cage. All of these factors are the most common reasons of why our dogs usually ignore us and don’t come.

You’ll Need to Get This One Right!

In order to master this command, you’ll need to bond with your dog and assist them in learning to listen to you when you call them. You’ll also need to get a long leash, such as the retractable leashes or even a 15-foot leash and take the dog out a lot more. Like stated before, it’s a long process to get your dog to understand what “come here” means. When you’re out walking with your dog and you call them but they ignore you, you will need to reel them in with the leash with pressure so that they learn and don’t refuse when you call them. If you do this repeatedly, they will end up picking up this command. When your dog picks up the “come here” command, make sure you reward them for responding correctly.

Make a plan to walk together for at least thirty minutes when time permits and teach aggressive dogs a healthy way to get along and have a good relationship with other dogs that doesn’t involve a Mexican standoff.  After the walk, the dogs don’t necessarily have to have “free time” to play as your walk simply gave the dogs the chance to get to know one another in a less stressful way. By now they should be a little more relaxed and more tolerate to each other’s company, just remember to keep the indoor environment as relaxed and mellow as possible.

With that, I hope you’ve learned how to better handle and understand how to work your dog aggressive four-legged friends through their challenges. Was this information useful to you? Feel free to leave a comment in how my advice bettered your dog, or as a question if you’d like or contact me at

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