Teaching your Pit Bull puppy to come when called is important for their safety and your peace of mind. The basics are easy to train, but plan to practice this critical skill for the life of your pup so that she will come when called, every time. Professional trainers call this behavior reliable “recall".
You can start working with your Pit Bull puppy as early as 8 weeks old. Keep your training sessions exciting and rewarding. At this age, you can do 5-10 quick recall drills before your puppy gets bored. Of course, as your pup gets a little older, you can practice her recall for longer periods of time and in higher distraction environments.
Since Pit Bulls are intelligent and loyal breeds, they take naturally to learning to come when called. However, as with any other breed, your dog can be too distracted by other dogs, cats or squirrels to pay attention to your command. It is important that you keep your dog on a leash even if they have a relatively strong recall, especially near dangerous conditions such as traffic.
Recall training is not done in a single session, rather, it is an ongoing continuous skill building exercise. Before we get into the specifics of how to train your Pit Bull puppy to come, we want to share some tips that will help you make the most of your recall training:
There are only a few things you will need to train your Pit Bull puppy to come when called:
Long Line – This is a leash or rope that is 25’ or longer that you can use once you are ready to move your training outdoors.
High-Value Rewards – What is it that your puppy really enjoys? Is it food, a squeaky toy or maybe a tug on her favorite rope bone? You can use anything as a reward, but make sure that she is very highly motivated by the rewards that you use, especially when training new behavior.
Energy and Patience – Training requires that you bring a good attitude to the table. If you find yourself getting frustrated, then you should find another time to train. In order to teach your Pit Bull to come when called, you will want to be sure that you are more exciting and fun than the other things that may compete for his attention.