(Closed) How can I get my dog to come back to me?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

Do you have a can you could put treats in and shake? When she learns that the noise is for coming in, she might come faster, especially if she gets a treat.

Post # 4
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Here is what I learned at training.

Sit your dog in front of you whenever you have time and put a treat in your fist. Hold your fist out and say “touch”. Make sure your dog touches your hand, and then open it and give her the treat. Keep doing this until she understands that “touch” = treat. Then try backing up from her and say “touch” and have her come to you and touch your hand and give her the treat. Always make sure she actually touches your hand before she gets the treat. 

You should eventually be able to call her from any distance by saing “touch” and she will come. You also won’t always have to have a treat in your hand for this to work. Just make sure once in a while you do have a treat so the trick keeps working.

Hope this helps!

ETA: This took my dog about a week to learn. Every night I would practice for about 15 minutes (use really small treats for this haha). Now it doesn’t work because I never randomly used a treat so he realized “touch” no longer meant treat :p

Post # 5
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Labs have a ton of energy. Make sure she gets lots and lots of exercise. If she gets lots and lots of exercise, she will be more likely to come when called. Giving her a pop on the bottom is probably not the best way for you to train her. She really doesn’t know why you are doing it and may even be associating it with what she will get if she does come to you.

Post # 6
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Something I would suggest is taking time out to work exclusively with her. Go into a room in the house (or the garage) and hook her up to a “long” lead. Call her and when she comes to you give her a treat. If she doesn’t come immediately, gently pull her toward you until she gets the idea. As she gets better (it could take weeks) extend the distance. Eventually you can move outside. Start from a short distance and work your way out until she masters it. Then you cna introduce your other dog into the mix and work on it. She’ll probably train pretty quick since she’s so young. Just realize that she may not be treat oriented. You could try a ball or some other toy that she only gets in training sessions. That’s how we trained every one of our dogs.

Post # 8
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Clicker training. I taught my horse to touch a cone for treats yesterday. It took about two minutes! babyboo’s method is the same idea. Your dog needs to associate a cue with an action with a reward. Click for Joy explains how to partially or completely phase out the food reward so that the cue still works.

Post # 9
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with clicker training. Especially if your dog is food oriented.

First you need to make the connection of the sound of the clicker being associated with getting treats. Start next to the dog: click, then give treat. Then make more and more distance between you and the dog: click, dog comes, give treat. Repeat.

My family has 2 border collies. (And used to have another). This worked for 2 out of the 3 dogs. The third dog could care less about food. So to get her in, we use something that interests her: playing. We’ll stand in the doorway and say “Where’s your ball? Come get your ball!” and run back in the door. She’ll come running into the living room and then we play with a little soccer ball we have. That’s the only thing that gets her to come in.


So you just have to find what works with your dog. It’s all about positive reinforcement! 🙂


Post # 10
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

What I learned about this from a dog trainer friend (and it worked!) was that I needed another word for “come.” She had learned that sometimes come meant the fun ended. So we replaced it with “cookie.” We taught her that if we called out “Cookie!” and she came near us she’d get an amazing treat (cheese, turkey) and a lot of praise. We never ever use the word unless we have a treat to give her (now we just give her kibble and she doesn’t seem to care that it’s not quite the cookie it used to be). We use “cookie” whenever we predict she doesn’t want to come back to us.

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