A good recall is one of the most important skills for all dogs to have, if not the most important. Successfully getting your dog to come back to you not only prevents potentially dangerous situations but also allows for greater freedom in off-leash areas.
This behaviour is NOT built into our dogs; it needs to be trained. Fortunately, it’s really easy to do! There are many methods, but in a nutshell, your dog needs to learn that it is always a GREAT idea to come to you every single time you call. Your dog will learn this very quickly if you reward them every single time. Rewards can be in the form of food, toys, games, affection; anything your dog loves. With lots of repetition in low distraction environments, your dog will soon learn that returning to you is better than any other activity.
TOP TIP: Never punish your dog if you have called them to you. This will only teach them that it’s a bad idea to come to you. Even if you’re calling them away from doing something they shouldn’t be doing, they still need to be rewarded for coming to you!