Reconnection

Before calling your dog from a distance, teach her that the direction COME is a command to be together, not apart. It's about connection, interaction, and warmth, not separation and hostility. Eventually, when she hears COME across a field or yard, she will race over to be near you.

When your dog approaches you for attention, say COME and point from her eyes to yours to get her attention. Praise her warmly. You can also approach her with treats in your pocket to reinforce the idea.

When playing with a favorite toy, say COME and bring your dog's attention to your eyes. Toss the toy enthusiastically.

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