Do you want your Golden Retriever to come when called, every time? Then the best time to start working with him is when he is still a puppy. Luckily, this skill is not hard to train, although it does require plenty of patience and consistency.
If you start training your Golden Retriever as a puppy, you are giving her a skill that will serve her for life. If you need to call her away from danger such as fast moving water or traffic, you will be able to rely on the fact that she will come to you when called.
The term professional trainers use for this behavior is called “recall.” As a breed, Golden Retrievers can usually be trained to have excellent recall. However, it is always critical to know your individual dog well.
Any dog can be distracted by squirrel or cat who may dart into traffic out of panic. No matter how strong your dog’s recall is, it always makes sense to keep your canine safely leashed in potentially dangerous situations.
If you want your Golden Retriever puppy to come when you call her, plan on practicing recall training early and often. Recall is a life skill for your dog. It will be most effective if you follow these tips:
Fun and Exciting: Your Golden Retriever puppy will always give you the most focus if you keep your training fun and exciting. If you find yourself frustrated, pick another time to work with him. Golden Retrievers are very sensitive to the emotional states of their owners, so be sure that you are able to bring a good attitude to training time.
Short and Sweet: As puppies age, they will develop a longer attention span. However, until about 4 months of age, it is unwise to spend more than 15 minutes training. Instead of planning one big session, spread your sessions out into several “quickies” throughout the day to make the most of your puppy’s learning window.
Long Line: Before taking your recall training outside, you will want a long leash or rope (about 25’-50’). This will allow you to enforce the recall once she has shown a basic understanding of the command.