Step 1 - Start training at home
Like all other behaviours, you need to work up to using recall in very distracting environments by training the cue in increasingly distracting situations. Start at home, in a nice quiet room and gradually work up to busier environments.
It is now time to pick your recall cue! It is important that this cue is not one that you have already over-used. Sometimes it’s easier to condition a new cue than it is to change the emotional response to an old one. Currently 'Come' could mean 'continue sniffing the tree' to your dog! Consider changing it to 'Here' and start fresh!
We now want to give the cue value by pairing it with high-value food. Dog hears cue word = Treat appears! Say your cue word and immediately reward your dog with a treat. Repeat this 20 times.
Top top: They have to get a treat every singe time you sat the cue word.
Repeat this exercise multiple times throughout the day. Please note - your dog does not need to be running to you to begin with. They can be lying next to you or just sitting nicely. The main aim is to start pairing this cue with a high value reward. Very quickly, your dog will associate the cue with the experience of yummy food and you’ll have created a very positive association with this word!