Mastering the Commands “Come & No” in Dog Training

Teaching your dog to respond to the “Come” command is absolutely crucial for both of you. You have to realize that you must have this control for his well being and, because he most likely wants to be with you anyway, the “Come” command can be an easy one to teach. Because you have already developed a trusting relationship with your little guy, he is eager to please you.

Having been trained by a previous owner who was intent on rushing the process can cause negative reactions if your dog has had this experience. However, once your trusting relationship with your new best friend is established, you can impress upon him the importance of him obeying the “Come” command when you give it.

Using a long line attached to your dog’s collar is the quickest way to teach him to obey the “Come” command. You will be in complete control of his behavior and it won’t matter whether he is four feet away or 14 feet he must “Come” when you call. As the line is dragged along the surface, say his name and follow it up with “Come.”

If he doesn’t obey (as he probably won’t the first few times), just give a quick tug on the line. Be gentle, he’s trying to learn. Continue with this procedure until he responds immediately. At this time, you can substitute a leash for the line. Most dogs will accept this new command within a week.

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There is evidence that some people actually believe that if you tell your dog “No,” he will believe that that is his name. Not true. He must learn this command and teaching him to associate the word “No” with unwanted behavior should, of course, be done in a fair and gentle manner. Try placing a favorite treat in the training area. Attach the long line to his collar and as he approaches his treat, say the word “No” and give a tiny tug on his line. You have now paired the correction with the word “No.”

Correcting your best buddy will soon become a non-issue because he fully understands that when you use the word “No,” you mean what you say. Obeying you is something he wants to do anyway and he will understand that this instruction will be pleasing to you.

If your dog does any behavior incorrectly after training, it simply means he is confused or could even be testing you. But remember, all dogs are different and will learn at different speeds. Be patient and keep the training sessions short. Afterwards, have fun with himplay some ball, try a long walkie, whatever your dog really likes to do. You’re not just training a dog, you’re forging a lifelong friendship.


  • Joel Silverman

    The guest author is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast with years of experience in canine care and training. With a deep understanding of dog behavior and a commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership, the author shares insightful tips and engaging stories to enrich the lives of both dogs and their owners. The views and opinions expressed in articles written by guest authors on our website are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of our platform.

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