November 01, 2005

Reliable Recall

Condition a reliable recall by building a reinforcement history:

  • When calling crouch slightly and turn away from the dog, and use three short syllables to call – ‘pup, pup, pup’.
  • If your dog is coming to you of his own accord, call him.
  • Carry treats and reward checking in with you when off leash.
  • Call, reward and release to continue playing – the recall does not stop the fun.
  • With your dog on leash, call him away from distractions such as a thrown treat, and heavily reward coming.
  • If you think your dog might not come to you don’t call him, just go get him.
  • Don’t call him for anything he might not like to do.
  • Don’t use his name to chastise him.

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