Here are some handy training tips to help teach your puppy or dog a solid recall. Not only for safety outdoors, but also off lead freedom in the park, field or on the beach.
Learning new things through training is fun & enjoyable for all ages, whether you have a young puppy, adolescent or older dog.
Recall practice should initially begin indoors (or garden) where there are less distractions. Begin by excitedly calling your dog's name & the 'come' command, give a treat & lots of excited praise when they do!
When training outdoors use a long (training) lead - 10 or 15ft are good lengths. Once in the park, clip the lead to the harness, this allows your dog freedom of movement & you still have control of the lead. Do not use retractable (flexi) leads which restrict & place tension in the dog's body.
Allow your dog to do the doggie stuff they love outdoors like sniffing around & greeting other dogs. Calling your dog over when interested in something else is setting your dog up for a fail, pick the right moment (usually at the end of the walk) to practice recall for a higher success rate. The following score system explains a dog's perspective in the park:
Dogs rely on our body language & voice tone so use a fun, excited voice to get your dog's attention. Waving arms around & jumping about will make you irresistible. If all else fails, run away from your dog as dogs love a chase game!
Rewards - use high value 'smelly' treats just for training so your dog can't resist - treats can be phased out later on. Always offer lots of upbeat praise for good recalls!
Practice, practice, practice the recall often (ideally every day). An enclosed area like a tennis court is a great place for training as you can let your dog off lead & still safely practice your recall.
Be consistent with your training for better results. Recall is a work in progress from puppy through to adolescence & adulthood. There will be good days and bad days, don't be disheartened on the bad ones.....just start over again next time.
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