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"Fido Come": Tips On Calling Your Dog

by Vicki Chaney

Always reward your puppy for coming to you.
Puppies can be rewarded with petting, verbal praise, a treat, a toy, play, or a combination of the above. Mix up the rewards your puppy gets to make it even more exciting.

Don't ever chase or grab
at your puppy when you call him. Neither will make your puppy want to come to you next time. Your puppy needs to learn to come to you when called; allow him to do that!

Never call your puppy to punish him
or for any activity your puppy views as unpleasant. Remember rule #1: Your puppy is always rewarded for coming to you. If your puppy is engaging in inappropriate behavior, you go to him and distract him or trade with him for a treat or toy, depending on the behavior. For instance, if your puppy starts to chew on the table leg simply distract him from the table and give him a toy in its place praising him for chewing on that.

Make yourself easy to come to.
Standing up straight, even leaning slightly back, will make you much more approachable to your puppy. Bending over and leaning toward the puppy looks scary from the puppy's point of view, (remember body language and what is says) and he will not want to come close to you. If necessary, you can sit or kneel to attract your puppy to you.

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).