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Tips for working towards a bullet proof recall

March 10th 2009 12:27 pm
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1. Pick a single word (cue word) that will be your emergency recall command (e.g. Front). Must be a unique word or a new word.

2. Start with dog on (long) leash and when she is not paying attention (preferably playing), use the cue word.

2.a. If she responds and comes to you, lavishly praise and have some very yummie treats like hot dog, cheese, or dehydrated steak.

2.b. If she does not respond, draw her to you using the leash and still lavishly reward her. You want to make her coming to you (using your unique word) a very happy experience.

3. Let her return to what she was doing and don't make it the end of something (like end of playtime or leaving the dog park). You want her to associate it with good things (praise, treats AND then she gets to go back to doing her thing).

4. Practice 3-4 times a day, using a longer lead over time.

If you want to improve your chance of a positive response when you call a dog by name, then praise and treat your dog each time she looks at you when you call her name (even for a flip of her head in response to your call).

Bullet proof recall could take hundreds of times. I've had to use the emergency recall and she raced back to me (looking for that treat mind you!) and I was grateful we'd worked hard on recall as a puppy.


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