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This is my behavioral approach to train my dog…  Every time I give my dog a treat I say the word “treat” and whistle. By doing this, I am teaching the dog to come when he hears “treat” or my whistle.  So lets say the dog gets out of the yard. I call for him but he doesn’t respond.  I try whistling and my dog comes running home.

I also do something similar when I put his bowl of food down; I say “hungry boy.”  If he doesn’t respond to “treat” or my whistle, he may respond to, “hungry boy.”

If I can’t whistle then I would purchase a whistle from a sporting goods store, and if the dog is overfed this may not work.