CAROLINE APPLEBEE, CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER Start small and slowly build in distance and distractions using a training or long line until he is reliable. Practise in different environments so that you know what your dog finds most distracting. Use a cheerful tone and treat your recall cue like a very special word. If you say “Come” casually all day, your dog will treat it casually. Use a high-value reward consistently. Make recalls a win-win for your dog by sending him back to whatever he was doing. If you end good times with a recall, your dog will learn to avoid them.