Round Robin Recall– This game is easy to play as long as you have more than one person. It is great for teaching your dog to come to everyone in the home.
When you are playing this game you will need to make sure that everyone playing has lots of small sized treats that your dog is crazy for.
This is easy to play, just stand in a circle and call your dog to you. When your dog get to you give him a treat for coming when called. If your dog gets really good at it try it from farther and farther away.
Sometimes your dog will get really good at this game and guess who is going to call them, then have someone else call the dog to come.
Run and Hide- If you have aspirations of having a dog that walks with you on off-leash hikes this is an excellent exercises for your dog to learn to come. It not only teaches your dog to come, but it also teaches your dog to pay attention to where you are. For this you need a long-line leash and lots of yummy treats. Long- line leashes should be long enough you can allow your dog to have freedom, but light enough your dog can’t feel that he is wearing one.
Next time your out and about with your dog wait for your dog to get a little to far ahead. Once your dog gets a little far ahead of you sneak away and hide behind the nearest tree. When your dog finds you get super excited and give lots of treats and praise. Your dog will start to think “I really have to keep an eye on my person, because she’ll sneak away.
Catch me if you can- This one is really easy to. It uses a little bit of frustration to build a fast recall and a strong desire for your dog to want to come when called. For this you will need a way to escape from your dog and yummy treats.
Wait until your dog isn’t looking at you and say “come” a second later run into another room as fast as you can and close the door behind you. Once in the other room try squeaking a squeaky toy. If your dog catches you before you make it into the other room he gets a treat, but your goal should be to get there before he does.
When you leave the room. Ignore the dog and wait for him to get distracted again then repeat.
Treat-toss- This exercise is fabulous for teaching straight, centered and correct recalls. It also builds faster recalls. For this you will need yummy treats. Start the game by facing your dog with your feet wide. Next say “come”. The second your dog looks your way move backward and when your dog get close enough toss the treat between your legs so your dog chases the treat. This will teach your dog to target the center of your body. The thrill of chasing the reward will also teach your dog to hustle when he hears come.
For more ideas on teaching a nice recall read, Rules For Recall.