In an earlier post, we recommended a few commands to train your dog for camping. Here are five basic commands and one essential command you should teach your dog as you prepare for your next camping trip together.
Commands for Camping with Dogs
- Come: Self-explanatory.
- Whoa: I use this for stop, freeze, don’t move. Useful for bird dogs so they don’t flush a bird when they’re on-point; it’s also useful when they see a squirrel and start chasing it across the street. Whoa can save a life.
- Down: Lay down, don’t move until I tell you it’s okay.
- Okay: We’re cool. As you were.
- Leave it: Whatever is in your mouth, drop it. If you’re sniffing a dead crow, don’t even think about it.
The Reliable Recall Command
The most important one is the “Come” command, or as professional trainers call it, “The Reliable Recall Command.” This command is essential for your dog’s safety when it comes to camping outdoors. Here is how to train your dog to reliably come to you when called.
- Put your dog on a leash with about a 6-foot lead.
- Hold the other end of the leash, say “come” once, then quickly move backward away from the dog.
- Keep moving backward with a treat in your hand, let the dog catch up to you
- Tell the dog to sit reward them with a verbal cue, like, “Yes!” and hand them the treat
When the dog has achieved perfection at this level in a variety of environments, graduate to using a 15-to-30-foot line or retractable leash.
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