When working on recall (calling your dog, and he comes running to you), different owners use different strategies. Some use just the dog’s name, some say “Max, come!”, some use a whistle (either a mechanical whistle or whistling themselves), some use a word like “Treats!” that the dog has learned. Some may clap their hands or snap their fingers.
Because I have two dogs, using both of their names gets cumbersome–especially because one dashes toward me when I call her and the other one chooses to ignore me, has gone deaf in his old age, or has canine dementia. I use a specific whistle of two sounds–one low and soft, one higher and loud–and they have learned that it means “Come over to me, and you’ll get a reward.”
What strategy do you use with your dog?