Alternative to COME

Try this routine while out on a walk or playing with your dog.

1 Call out your dog's name as you turn in the opposite direction.

2 Run a few paces away from him. If he's following, cheer him on!

3 Turn to face him and kneel down.

4 Hug him into you, reward him, and release him with OKAY, GO PLAY!

What if he doesn't come?

Don't get upset—you'll only teach him to avoid you off-leash. Instead, take out the treat cup or a toy and begin to play all by yourself or pretend to eat his treats. Do not look at or talk with him until you've re-leashed him. When he comes to investigate, gently take his collar and secure his long line. Review the above exercise, holding his long line as you run back.

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