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The Recall Game

This game is a fun way to teach your dog how to come to you when called.  In addition, you will be desensitizing your dog to having his/her collar held.  To play this game,  you will need two people.  We recommend one adult and one child for this game.  Try playing this game outside in a fenced yard.  Remember, your dog should not be off-leash in an unfenced area.

How to Play:

    • Each person should have some treats in his/her pocket or bait bag.
    • To start, you should stand about 10 feet apart.
    • One person should call the dog to him/her, saying the dog’s name first, and then “Come!" or “Here!”

    Example: “Scooby, come!”  Make sure you use a happy voice.
    NOTE:  Choose either "come" or "here"  and use only that word ALL the time.

    • If your dog doesn’t come right away, show the dog the treat and then repeat the cue.
    • As soon as your dog comes to you, praise him or her saying, “Good dog!”  As you praise your dog, gently reach down and hold your dog’s collar while giving a treat at the same time.
    • The other person should then call the dog in a happy, excited voice.  Remember to praise, touch the collar, and give the treat.
    • Repeat this recall exercise a few times, for about 5-10 minutes.  If your dog is doing well after the first few times, you can gradually increase the distance between you and the other person.


Poppy's Tips:

- Do not play this game too long.  You want the game to be fun and upbeat.  If you play  it too long, your dog may become bored and not want to play.  You should end the game while it is still fun.

- When you end the game, you can give the dog a big reward.  Examples of rewards you can end the game with are:  lots of praise, petting, a belly rub, some special treats, a few minutes of fetch, a favorite toy, etc.

- As your dog demonstrates success at this game, you can vary it by having one person in one room, and one person in another, calling the dog back and forth from room to room.  This is a fun activity you can do on a rainy day!


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