One of the first commands you should teach to your puppy is the “Come” command. It’s easy for the puppy to learn and simple for the owner to teach. It’s also one of the commands that you can train your dog even if he is a young puppy.
Remember that when you start training this command, you can’t rely on your boxer to always listen to you when you call him. It will take some practice before the dog listens to you without any hesitation. So don’t let him off the leash out in public unless you’re sure it’s safe.
What You Will Need
- Some open space
- Couple of small treats
- Boxer Dog
- Find a moment when your puppy is not paying attention to you and then call out his name followed by “here” or “come”. If the puppy just looks at you, show him the treat which will surely get his attention.
- Hold the treat out of his reach until the puppy gets really close to you and only then give him the treat followed with some praise.
- Now the puppy is probably staring at you with big eyes waiting for more treats. You will have to wait until he loses his interest in you before you give him this command again.
- Practice this command throughout the day until your puppy starts listening to you without the need for a treat.
Additional Training Tips
- If your boxer misbehaves and comes to you after you called him, do not yell or punish him! Next time he just won’t come to avoid the scolding he might receive for being “bad”.
- Practice the come command in different locations. It’s important that your dog knows “Come” means he should come to you no matter where he is or what he is doing.
- Every once in a while you should interrupt your boxer while he is playing and call him over to you. As soon as he does, give him a treat and send him back to whatever he was doing. This will teach him to drop whatever he is doing and come to you when you call him.
- Carry a small bag of treats with you whenever you’re spending time with your dog so you can practice this command along with others.
- Treats are a great way to motivate your dog to come to you, but you shouldn’t use them all the time. You don’t want your puppy to come to you only when you have a treat on you.