You and Fido are out walking in the park. Suddenly, someone’s off-leash and slightly bad-mannered pooch comes running out of nowhere. Or, instead, there’s a commotion up ahead involving people, cars or other dogs. In these types of fast-paced scenarios, it’s essential for your pooch to have a solid and reliable response to a come command. If the distraction is in a busy or loud place, it can especially handy to train your dog to come to a whistle. If you’re new to dog training, this may seem like an aspirational task. However, there are plenty of simple and straightforward methods for training this essential behavior.
Before you get started teaching your dog to come to a whistle, you’re going to need a few supplies. A selection of tasty treats is a necessity to create a positive learning experience for you and your pooch. The treats should be of a variety of levels or values, ranging from your dog’s least to most preferred delectable snack. A treat bag or pouch that allows you to use both hands for training is also helpful. Finally, to teach your dog to come to a whistle you will want a favorite tug toy to get them excited and happy. For young puppies that don’t know how to “stay”, you may want to enlist the help of a friend or family member to keep your pooch in one spot. It’s important to not move forward on any step before thoroughly mastering the previous.