Mastering the Come Command with Prodogz Dog Training

Imagine this: you're at the park, and your dog, Max, is frolicking around, having the time of his life. You call out, "Max, come!" and... nothing. Max continues his joyous romp as if you’re speaking in Martian. Few things are more frustrating than when your dog won’t come when called. The Come Command is one of the most important markers to teach your dog, both for his safety and your peace of mind. But let's face it, getting your dog to obey this command can sometimes feel like trying to herd cats.

Why Your Dog Doesn't Come When Called

This basic command isn’t always easy to teach, and there are a variety of reasons your dog won’t comply. They don’t represent “misbehavior,” but rather a lack of successful training. Punishment and getting upset won’t help; the answer lies in consistent teaching, patient repetition, and positive reinforcement. Understanding the reasons dogs don’t come when called helps you reverse disobedience and train your pooch to obey this important cue.

Take Max, for example. When he was a puppy, calling him was like calling a teenager for dinner—completely ignored unless there was something irresistible on the table. I realized that I needed to make coming to me the best thing ever, better than chasing squirrels or sniffing every blade of grass.

The Key to Successful Recall

Over the past 25 years of helping people with recall issues with their dogs, I’ve learned that most dogs are not clear on the expectations their owners have. The recall is actually one of the easier behaviors to teach with the right tools. It’s all about making sure your dog understands that coming to you is a positively reinforced, enjoyable experience.

Consistency and Patience

The first thing you need is consistency. If sometimes you call your dog and let them ignore you, and other times you get upset when they don’t come, they’re going to get mixed signals. Consistent, clear communication is crucial. For Max, we made a game out of it. Every time he came when called, he got a treat or a fun play session. Slowly, he started to associate the word “come” with great rewards.

Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is your best friend. If your dog knows that coming to you means good things happen, they’ll be more likely to obey. I remember one time Max was about to chase after a rabbit. I called out “come” and, to my amazement, he stopped in his tracks and came running back. The secret? I had a piece of his favorite cheese in my pocket. Positive reinforcement for the win!

Training Programs at Prodogz Dog Training

At Prodogz Dog Training in Medford, Southern Oregon, and serving the Rogue Valley, we offer a comprehensive four-week basic obedience class that covers the recall and other important behaviors. Our classes are designed to make training enjoyable for both you and your dog.

If the recall is the only issue you’re having, we can also set up a one-on-one private session to focus on the recall marker. Personalized sessions ensure that the training is tailored to your dog’s specific needs and personality. When Max and I had our private session with Jason, he showed us new techniques and tools that made a world of difference. By the end of the session, Max was coming to me reliably, even with distractions around.

Our Approach to Dog Training

Our approach at Prodogz is all about creating a positive, supportive environment for learning. We use methods that are humane and effective, focusing on building a strong bond between you and your dog. Here’s how we do it:

  • Positive Reinforcement: Reward-based training helps dogs learn faster and more effectively.
  • Consistency: We teach you how to be consistent with commands and expectations.
  • Patience: Training takes time, and we’re here to support you through every step.
  • Fun: We make training sessions enjoyable for both you and your dog.

Why Choose Prodogz in Medford?

Choosing Prodogz Dog Training in Medford, Southern Oregon, and the Rogue Valley means choosing a team dedicated to your dog’s success. With over 25 years of experience, we’ve helped countless dogs and their owners achieve a happy, harmonious relationship. Whether it’s basic obedience or more complex behavioral issues, we’re here to help.

Personal Experience

When I first started working with Max, I was at my wit’s end. His recall was terrible, and I felt like I was failing him as an owner. But after just a few sessions with Jason, things started to change. We worked on building a strong foundation of trust and positive reinforcement. Now, Max comes running every time I call, and our bond is stronger than ever.


In conclusion, teaching your dog the Come Command is crucial for their safety and your peace of mind. With patience, consistency, and the right techniques, you can transform your dog’s recall. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help. At Prodogz Dog Training, we’re here to support you and your dog every step of the way.

Special Note from Prodogz Dog Training: Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed our free training blog. While you're here, feel free to browse the rest of our website and learn more about how to train your puppy. Prodogz Dog Training is your one-stop dog training facility for positive reinforcement dog training in Medford, Southern Oregon, and the Rogue Valley. Please visit our Schedule page to see when our next basic obedience class is scheduled to start or call Jason at 541-608-2857 to schedule your one-on-one private training session with you and your dog. Happy Training!