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This is Loki a male Aussie from Colorado (Calais Kennels, Kiowa, Colorado). These pictures were taken in the mountains west of Boulder.

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Basic Training Commands –
The Come Command

Teaching your dog to come to you whenever you call is one of the absolute basics of obedience. It's also handy for preventing misbehaviour – for instance, if you see your dog trying to herd a group of kids you can nip it in the bud by calling her back to you. This is one you'll want to keep drilling in different scenarios until it's perfect, but for starters you should be training in an environment with no distractions. It's important with this one that you do start introducing distractions once your dog gets the hang of it. There are many owners who can get their dog to come on command around the house, but as soon as they go out to the dog park they lose all control. You need to teach your dog to listen to you despite other distractions.

  1. Get a handful of treats ready.

  2. Get your dog's attention by saying her name.

  3. Call out "Come" in a clear voice. You should use an excited voice tone for this, which should be consistent throughout your training of this command. This lets the dog know something good is going to happen when she comes to you.

  4. When she comes over to you, say "Good dog" and reward her with a treat. Give her lots of praise and petting.

When you give the command, say the word once, and then wait. You don't want to get into the habit of saying the word over and over, because you want your dog to understand that when you say Come, you mean it. If you keep repeating the word over and over again, she'll think she can wander over whenever she feels like. If you say the word and she doesn't wander over to you after a few minutes, you may need to try enforcing the command.

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