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The basic training for the recall is as follows;
Before you start you must remember these are the 3 main points you have to achieve.
Which are as follows;
When your dog is running about enjoying himself and you call him he has to do the following.
o He must stop his current activity no matter how interesting it is.
o He must turn in your direction and look for you.
o He must make the decision to come to you rather than do anything else.
You need to understand that this is going to be a big and difficult thing for a puppy to do and also for an older dog that's never been trained. You won't get perfection all at once and you need to have lots of patience and plenty of treats. If your dog likes squeaky toys then you have an easier start. These are ideal for getting a dog's attention when it is some distance away from you.
The first step
If your dog doesn't come when called already then you must start training in a safe place. The garden is a good starting place or if it's raining you can start the training indoors. All you need to do the first time is show your dog a treat move backwards a little way and encourage him to come to you. Give him the treat and praise and do it again. Once he's got the idea that coming to you is a good thing you can start to say "Rover come" in an encouraging voice and give praise and reward when he comes to you. Don't expect him to come from any great distance at this early stage.
The second step
The main thing with starting recall training is to watch your dog and choose a time to call when the dog is most likely to come. If the dog is chasing next door's cat you are unlikely to get any reaction by calling his name when he's in full chase. If you do try and recall him he'll simply ignore you and that way he’s actually learnt that he doesn't have to come to you when you use his name and say come.
The third step
When your dog is coming to you from a short distance then you can start to practice the recall while he's ambling about in the garden. All you need to do is to wait until the dog has settled down a bit and is facing in your direction if possible. Then squeak the toy to get his attention. If the dog looks up at you then you can call his name and say "Come." Be encouraging and as soon as the dog reaches you touch his collar or get hold of it. At the same time give a treat and praise "What a good dog." Then let go of the collar and let the dog wander off again. Repeat this a few times and then have a game. You can do this indoors as well from time to time just to reinforce the lesson.
Now your dog is learning to come to you already and he's learnt the third item in the list of objectives which is to come to you rather than do something else.
The fourth step
When you're sure that your dog understands what you mean by "Rover come" you can take the training a bit further. Again you can use the garden for training but this time you're going to call your dog when he's facing away from you. Use the squeaky toy to get his attention and call him. Don't forget to sound encouraging and have some really tasty treats. Each time your dog responds and comes to your side you must touch the collar or get hold of it as well as giving the praise and the treat. Touching or holding the collar is a vital part of training the recall and must be done to have a complete recall. The reason it's so important is that some dogs will come beautifully when called and then run off again before you can get hold of the collar. If you're having trouble getting your dog to come to you you can use the tracker lead. Get the dog to face you on the tracker lead and then run backwards. Call the dog's name "Rover come " and praise and treat.
The fifth step is now out in the open park
When you are confident that your dog is coming to you and knows what you want it's time to try it in an open space away from the usual surroundings of home. You will need a long lead to start with so that you can practice your recalls in complete safety. Only when you are totally confident that your dog is not going to run off and disappear can you let him off the lead in a public place.
Let the dog have a run round on the long lead and let him get all his sniffing done. Once he's settled down a bit call him in to you. Use the long lead if necessary and use the running backwards technique. Give a treat and praise as soon as he comes to you and don't forget to get hold of the collar.
Sooner or later the time will come when you feel it's safe to let your dog off the lead. A lot of dogs race away when the lead is unclipped but usually they stay within calling distance and will keep an eye on you to make sure you haven't disappeared. You can practice your recalls when your dog has finished the initial race around and has had a good old sniff. If he doesn't come straight away run in the opposite direction and use a high silly voice to get his attention. When he comes back don't grab him and put him on the lead but do catch hold of the collar and give your praise and reward. Let him go again and repeat the recall from time to time.
One thing to remember is that you should NEVER NEVER shout or beat your dog if he's been slow in coming to you but has eventually responded to your call. If you are angry with him when he comes to you he'll be even less inclined to come to you the next time as he'll be expecting to be told off.
If your dog is having a fun old time with other dogs or is otherwise engaged then don't try to recall if you think he won't respond. You need to catch the moment when he looks at you or stops what he's doing. You're much more likely to get a recall and you won't have given your dog the idea that it's OK to ignore you. In time he will come whenever you call regardless of what he is doing.
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