Puppy Out of the Gate: Build a Solid Recall

Picture horses as they come out of a gate at the racetrack. Again you will need two people for this game, one person to call the pup and one to hold him.


The person holding the pup should be squatting down with the pup in front of them and they should hold the pup gently with their arms around the pup’s chest (not by the collar).


The person calling the pup will be running in a straight line away from the puppy.
Start slowly and taunt the pup. Say something like “hey there cutie! Are you a great puppy…what cha doin?….” As you are saying this you should be shuffling away from the pup and then back towards him and you should be sort of low to the ground like a runner as they take of to run a race.


After a few seconds of taunting and once the pup is good and charged, call your puppy by his name and “Come”. e.g., Egghead, Come! Then take off.
As you say come the person holding the puppy should let go and if you have done your enticing of the pup properly, you should have the little critter charging after you.


Once he catches up, gently take his collar and offer that tasty treat, then release him.

The Benefit

This Game conditions a super fast response from your puppy when being called to ‘Come!’