When you're trying to train your dog, one of the most important parts of training is getting the dog to come to you when you call them. This is a basic form of training and is one of the first things you want to teach your dog before moving on to more advanced techniques.
The first thing you need to figure out is what your dog likes. Figure out which treats they like the most. Whatever treat gets the most positive reaction is the treat you want to use. Once you've figured this out, invest in purchasing a supply of these treats so that they are handy at all times.
Start by going into the house, and calling the dog by his name. Once he or she arrives at your feet, give them the treat. Consistently repeat this process periodically. It will teach the dog that if they listen to you, and come to you when you call them, they will be rewarded for doing so.
Once you have done this pattern enough times inside the house, go to a location outside. Again begin calling their name. When they arrive, give them the treat and show them that you are proud of their behaviour.
Repeat this process as you did inside your home. Call your dog again outside and reward him when he complies. Continue to repeat this process over a period of a few days. Your dog will quickly become used to this, and will begin coming to you every time you call.
Even if your dog has completely figured out the pattern of getting treats when he responds to your voice, it is still important for you to make sure you keep him in a secure location when he is not on the leash. You don't want to have your dog unsupervised in an environment where he can get harmed by being hit by a car or getting into the neighbor's yard.
Always make sure you're in a secure environment, and be sure to start this process indoors before trying it outside. You want to get your dog used to responding to your calls while you're in your home before moving outside. You may find that it is more difficult outside to get your dog to come to you than it is inside your home.
The most important thing for you to have when training your dog is patience. Your dog may not get it the first time, and may ignore you. This is why giving him the treat is so important. You send a message to the dog saying that if you listen to me, and do as I say, you will be rewarded.
Getting your dog to come to you when you call him is one of the most basic training methods. However, it is the most important in getting your dog to respect you as their master and obey you. It is the gatway to teaching your dog more advanced commands.