a group of dogs sitting next to each other.
30% Off
New Dog
Boarding Clients!
Valid 01/01/24 thru 02/28/24

Training Tips – Recall!

Recall Training

Welcome to our first ever installment of Fon Jon’s Training Tips Series. With the success of our Doggie Daycare blog, the revered Manuel Villanueva has deemed me worthy of scribing his wealth of knowledge to share with you so that you can better understand your dog and become a better dog owner. Cutting right to the chase, we’re going to discuss the most important lesson your puppy will ever learn, the recall also known as “Come!” The recall is crucial for dependability. Being able to reliably have your dog return to you offers freedoms and a peace of mind that other pets and their owners simply can not enjoy. The value of instilling this action at a young age cannot be understated. A common mistake is waiting until your dog has matured to start teaching recall. By this time your dog has most likely learned they can ignore your commands, whereas a puppy does not yet know how to disobey. It’s much easier to create a good habit than it is to break a bad one. Beginning at three and a half months your puppy starts having the capacity to retain basic obedience but recall can and should be taught as early as 10 weeks. At this young age you are nurturing the basic instinct to be near a parent, making this an easily taught lesson that is very pleasant for your dog.

Rewarding Your Dog

To start you will need an assistant and some enticing treats such as hot dogs or chicken, anything that really piques your dogs interest (my personal dog is partial to pepperoni and lunch meat). Have your helper restrain your pet by holding the dog’s chest or placing a hand under their collar, do not pull back on a leash. With your dog being held in place stimulate your pet by presenting the treat then running a couple steps away, few puppies can resist the excitement of a chase. When you get about 10 feet away drop down with open arms and call “(Your dog’s name) Come!” in a clear and excited voice. Your assistant should release the dog the moment you call. Only state your command once but non-verbal encouragement such as clapping or slapping your leg can help steer your pup in the right direction. Repeatedly yelling a command that your dog does not respond to only conditions them to ignore your calls. Greet your dog with excitement and praise and reward them with the treat. You want to establish that coming to you is always the best option for your dog. As your pet arrives gently secure them by holding their collar as they receive their reward. This teaches the dog to stay in place after returning to you when called, as opposed to darting away when you reach to attach their leash, thereby allowing your dog to start a game you are sure to lose. Eventually the dog should sit upon returning but to start your only concern should be your puppy coming to you. Repeat this process 5 times, keeping your sessions short and sweet. You don’t want to bore the dog, keeping your training fresh is an important aspect of holding your dog’s interest and establishing good habits. On the last repetition of your session you’ll want to scoop them up and carry them off as one final reward. Don’t forget practice makes perfect, so make an attempt to fit as many sessions as you can into your schedule. When you first start your training you will want to keep the distance your dog has to travel relatively short and gradually increase the increments as your dog progresses. In the same sense when you first begin you will want to practice your training in a controlled environment familiar to your dog such as your house or back yard. As your dog improves you will want to move to new more demanding areas, gradually increasing distractions to you dog. For example your next step after the back yard should be the front yard, not the dog park. It’s important to vary where you work on your puppy’s recall so that they understand they need to respond to your command at all times and in all places. If you only practice in your house your dog will be less responsive out in the world. Don’t be afraid to take a step back if you are increasing your training demands and your dog isn’t keeping up. Baby steps are the name of the game and its infinitely better to make small advancements well than it is to make huge strides poorly. With this knowledge and a few weeks work you can imprint a valuable trait that will last a lifetime.

You are now well on your way to having a responsive, reliable companion. Positive, upbeat sessions at a young age are important to laying a solid foundation for future learning. So now that your pet understands how to respond to “Come!” what’s next? What is your course of action when your dog starts to disregard you during your training sessions? For now practice what you have learned and stop back next week for more advice on how to continue molding a dependable dog.


The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute veterinary advice. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information presented, it should not be considered as a substitute for professional veterinary guidance. Always consult a qualified veterinarian for specific advice tailored to your pet’s individual needs and health condition.

a group of dogs sitting next to each other.

20% Off
for New
Boarding Clients!
*not applicable during major holidays

a blue rectangle with a blue background.

Petcare articles

view all articles
dog yoga with owner
February 2, 2024

Indoor Exercises for Dogs When the Weather is Bad

Guide on Indoor Exercises No matter how bad the weather gets, your beloved pet still needs their daily dose of play and exercise. It is our belief at Fon Jon Pet Care that your dog needs regular indoor exercise and…

A dog standing on a doormat with the word home.
February 2, 2024

Tips on How to Help with Separation Anxiety in Puppies

Puppy separation anxiety is a typical problem that many pet owners encounter. When a puppy is afraid of being alone, it may exhibit this behavioral problem. If you care about your pet’s health, you must learn about this issue and…

dalmation dog with happy new year headband
January 4, 2024

Dog Owner New Year Resolutions 2024: How to Make Your Dog Happy

With the arrival of the new year comes an ideal opportunity for dog owners to make resolutions that prioritize the happiness and health of their beloved pets. Both you and your dog will benefit from an uptick in the quality…

sick dog with ice pack on top of his head
January 4, 2024

Sick Dog Symptoms: Learn What to Watch For

If you are a dedicated dog owner, you have a responsibility to keep an eye on your pet’s vital signs. Being able to identify the signs of a sick dog goes beyond simply treating them when they’re sick; it also…

happy dog with santa hat carried by female owner
December 1, 2023

A Guide to Soothing Your High Anxiety Dog During Holiday Gatherings

Everyone looks forward to the Christmas season because it is a time to rejoice, celebrate, and spend time with those they care about. On the other hand, the holidays can cause stress and anxiety for our canine companions. Many animals,…

A woman is holding a vase of red poinsettias in front of a christmas tree.
December 1, 2023

Deck the Halls with Caution: Toxic Holiday Plants for Your Pets

Many people bring seasonal plants into their homes as the holiday season rolls around to help get everyone in the spirit. Unfortunately, not all festive plants are harmless to our pets, and it’s not always easy to tell which ones…

A person filling out a pet insurance form.
November 1, 2023

What to Know Before Getting Pet Insurance for Your Dog

Dog owners can rest easy knowing that any medical emergencies or accidents that may occur during their pet’s lifespan are covered by pet insurance. The pet insurance industry, like the human insurance market, is flooded with options, making it difficult…

dog Groomer trimming hair of a small dog
November 1, 2023

Tips for Selecting a Dog Groomer

The health of your dog depends on more than simply good food and veterinary checkups. Trimming the fur, clipping the nails, and cleaning the ears are all part of grooming your dog. Professional dog groomers provide a variety of services…

A dog is standing next to two bowls of food.
October 6, 2023

Dog Daycare Tips for Happy Paws and Wagging Tails: Bark-smart Fun

Planning ahead for your dog’s creche experience at Fon Jon Pet Care might make it more enjoyable for you and your pet. We’re different from other daycares because of our indoor/outdoor kennel setup, emphasis on safety, and focus on individual…

A woman sitting on a couch with her dog.
October 6, 2023

Post-Daycare Routines: Winding Down Your Dog After a Day of Play 

Advice on how to wind down your dog after a day of play, from calm activities to feeding schedules. If you’ve brought your pet to Fon Jon Pet Care’s creche, he or she may be tired after a day of…

A group of dogs and cats on a pink background.
August 31, 2023

The Benefits of Pet Socialization: A Guide to Safe and Effective Practices

Introduction Pet Socialization is an often overlooked yet essential part of pet ownership. No matter what age you got your pet, it’s important to teach them to learn to get along with other animals and people. Let’s explore the value…

A boston terrier dog yawning.
August 31, 2023

Understanding Pet Body Language: A Guide to Reading Your Canine Friend

Introduction Every day, without saying a word, our pets tell us what they’re thinking and feeling through their body language. Animals, like people, have their own distinct ways of communicating feelings, wants, and even danger. Understanding these nonverbal signs is…

Have a

Get a response within 24 hours

Valid 01/01/24 thru 02/28/24

Don’t Miss Out on our New Specials!

30% OFF

new dog boarding clients

A small brown and white dog sitting on a white background.

50% OFF

new cat boarding clients

A tabby cat waving its paw in the air.

20% OFF

new dog daycare on first package purchased

Two dogs sitting next to each other on a white background.

50% Off For New Cat Boarding Clients!

Request Your Boarding Dates

30% Off For New Dog Boarding Clients!

Request Your Boarding Dates