Sarah Wilson

Dog Expert

Why I Wrote “How to Train Your Dog to Come”


My Smart Puppy Guide ImageEver had your dog get away from you? Refuse to come? Take off into the woods? I have.

I’ve stood calling with my heart in my throat. Hoping to see the flash of my cherished dog returning to me.

Those moments motivated me to create a better system for teaching this most-likely-to-save-your-dog’s-life command:”Come!”  This book gives you step-by-step instruction how to train your dog to come simply, easily and consistently.

If you’ve just been calling your dog randomly when he’s off leash and you are not getting the results you want (and you can’t with that approach) or strictly using treats and not getting the results you want (and you can’t with that approach either) or correcting on a long line to make your dog come (and that won’t get you to glory either), then this book shows you exactly what to do, how to do it and why.

You’ll be able to identify where your dog is weak and use games to strengthen your teamwork. My goal is to help you both succeed, get better, win!

Also, there’s a problem solving section as well as a chapter on common mistakes and what to do instead.

This short, to-the-point, anyone-can-do-it, great-for-all-age-dogs guide is available on Amazon (paperback or kindle) and Smashwords.

Tell me your heart-in-your-throat come failure moments. Everyone who runs dogs off leash or has had a dog escape has them.


  1. Ha!
    Wrote a blog post about it a few weeks back. Just glad that I was able to be a bit humorous about it but it was NOT fun. My dog has very good recall….found out that it was not 100%, however!

  2. Will be sharing this! I love that Come can be broken down into little steps, and each one can be worked on. Thanks for writing this! (Our emergency HERE is a sacred trust. When I say it, he knows something GOOD is about to happen.)

    • Thanks, Claire!

      And yes, I think of commands as a promise between me and the dog. Making it a major positive is key – no matter what word we use. I’ve trained dogs in probably 5 languages by now, by whistle and by hand signal. It all works as long as we teach the dog with clarity and enthusiasm. Nothing magic about any word or sound unless we MAKE it magic. 🙂

  3. Sarah,
    Just wondering if I could get this book for my samsung tablet? pardon my lack of technical knowledge but I see there is a kindle version but don’t know if I could download it to my tablet. Books don’t get delivered here in Turkey. I have tried several times but they never turn up & as I have just recently got a tablet just wondered if I could get it on there 🙂 If that is the case i can then work on the wife to try & release the funds to buy it but that could be harder than teaching the dog to do it 🙂 Any advice will be gratefully accepted.

    • Hi Joe –

      Thanks for asking. Smashwords has multiple ebook formats to work with most readers:

      Tell me the type of reader you have on your tablet and we can figure out what will work best.

      I loved Turkey when I visited it briefly many years ago. Beautiful country.


      • Thanks sarah, I have downloaded a reader app called aldiko if that makes any sense to you. Hopefully we can get it sorted & I can find a way to get george motivated 🙂

        • Hi Joe –

          This is what I found on the Aldiko website: “Aldiko supports the ePub format.”

          You can download that version at Smashwords.

          Enjoy! 😀

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