Always Training – 24/7 – Working on Recall
When out on dog walking adventures, I am always practicing and working on recall with the dogs I have out with me.
Having our dog off lead should be a pleasure, but this isn’t always the case!
How many times have you seen a dog out with their owner, and the owner is stood at the exit shouting ‘come Spot’ ‘here now’, ‘get over here’ and I could go on.
I know if someone was shouting like that at me I wouldn’t be running straight back to them!
So why expect your dog to?
Whats the best way to teach a recall?
There are numerous ways of teaching your dog a good recall, tricks and tips and ways that have worked for them.
Quite likely you have poisoned your recall word by repeatedly shouting it and them not coming back so it has lost its value.
Or if you use your dogs name, just have a think about how many times through the day you say your dogs name….think about it….yeah I know! A lot!
Why do I know this? Its as I do too! Even when just talking to them (and yes I do talk to my dogs!)
What should you do?
Changing your recall word will be a super idea and also thinking about what you want your dog to do when they come back to you – what you expect from them when they return
To stay with you? To come back and sit? To come back and go again?
I will go into this all further in future blogs, but today I want to give you something to do that is super powerful and will help improve your dogs recall!
Super Powerful top tip!
When next out on your walk and your dog naturally checks in with you what should you do?
You could give them a treat, as what gets rewarded gets repeated
But what do you think will be a bigger reward to them?
A bigger treat? A toy? lots of treats?
No the biggest reward to them right now would be to let them go again!
Everyone is shuffling
I’ve recently started running (well I’d say shuffling) much to the joy of my sprollie!
She loves it!
Maisie runs around in the vicinity of me, I can always hear where she is (we run in the woods so she can be off lead)
And every now and again she checks in with me, from all directions! Without me needing to recall her.
Right now she is not interested in any type of food, she highly aroused on running around in the woods
So when she checks in, I encourage her right to me and then send her of again!
‘good girl, super! ok go’
Sometimes I get her to come close and may restrain her by her chest of harness, but then release her again – turning it into a fun game!
‘are you ready, steady, ok go!’
Here, the reward for her is getting to go off again for more woodland running!
I’ve turned it into a fun game, so she regularly checks in with me without me needing to recall her once on the 30 minute run.
What happens at the end of the run you may be thinking, surely you need to recall her then?
No, as we’ve had such a fab time together, by the time I am warming down, she does too and walks next to me for the last 2 minutes around the park and I pop her lead on near the exit (never at the same point) and we have a 5 minute cool down on our walk home. No need to recall her!
This is one of the many games I play with the dog I talk out on my dog walking adventures! By practicing their recall when out on adventures with me it is massively beneficial to their owners!
Try it on your next walk, and let me know how you get on!