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I am sure we have all read the books or been told we should not start training our dogs until six months of age, or in some cases a year; that is totally incorrect.
The Sit StayRecall cannot start until you have a solid Sit Stay this is the base you build on for all recall training. If you are already having recall problems then you need to go back to basics you will need to initially practice the sit stay command at home.
To teach this correctly the dog should be initially on a lead preferably a minimum of 5.8 foot long. For the sit stay first get the dog to sit, then with the dog on your left side hold the lead in your left hand.
Swivel in front of the dog so you are facing, it pick up the loop of the lead with your right hand make sure you keep your left hand on the lead, but only as a guide hand this is your control hand.
Then with your right hand only put some pressure on the lead if the dog moves lift the lead upwards with your left hand and say “Stay”. Keep repeating and putting on pressure with your right hand only, until you think the dog has the message and stays.
Practice this till you can move 100 yards away without the dog moving, then start to call your dog to you every second or third time, use either the Whistle, Come, Here or his Name. Practice the sit stay in the park or field but this time with the 25 foot lunge rein; take a friend if you can who will hold the dog whilst you hide behind a tree or fence then call the dog, when he finds you give him a favourite treat cheese is the best and keep repeating the exercise. Then start to allow the dog to walk free, but with the lunge rein still kept on dragging behind.
If the dog takes off after a bird or another dog; either stand on the lead or pick it up to stop the charge and blow the recall whistle . As always, the best strategy for training is to set your dog up to succeed and to not condition in a problem that will have to be rectified later on in the training.
Whistle IntroductionI believe that a whistle is one of the most important tools for training recall. I recommend at least two whistles if you have a partner or someone else you walk your dog with then you can blow the whistles back and forth when out training. Make sure you have the whistle with you at all times and whistle, reward, and treat until the dog is really happy to come back to you. If you are having recall problems with a more mature dog it normally means you have not followed the principles of teaching pups a solid recall. Move on to calling the dog from further away whistle then treat and praise the dog when it returns.
The O ring is very handy for tying on your poo bags or putting the lead around your shoulder when the dog is off lead. It is also handy for clipping the dog to a lamppost or halving the size of the lead if you are in a busy area such as a high street.
It is effectively the opposite of a clicker which tells the dog when it has done something right, the jingler gives an audible cue when the dog has erred.
The supposedly modern Positive Reinforcement only methods are generally ineffective and wishy washy and the trainers that are claiming they are positive only, do not understand that just putting a dog on a lead is negative punishment. Teaching your dog to come when called is very important, in fact it could be the most important cue you teach your dog. The final key to a great recall is to be sure you praise as soon as your dog even starts to get this right.
Finally don’t forget that part of your recall will usually include clipping on a leash or putting on a collar, so practice grabbing the leash and collar and clipping them on and off along with your training.
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Many people find their dogs getting further and further away from them on walks as they leave the puppy stage behind.


The whole walk is often a circle, but such a large one that the dog owner is effectively walking in a straight line throughout. The dog trots along happily 20 or 30 yards ahead of the owner, stops to say hello briefly to other dogs and quickly catches the owner up again. However, true absconding is rare and the vast majority of dogs do care where their owner is. Arm yourself with something your dog likes to eat – bits of cheese, bread or a good quality kibble are fine.
Take your dog into your usual dog walking area – a wide-open space outdoors where he is safe. Now as the dog approaches you from behind, turn to face him and call him right into you as he approaches.
Make sure to get the basics well established, before you add complications like strange places and other dogs.
I will try this method although i suppose it means separate walks from the other dogs which involves a lot of time. I am asked to correct recall more than any other problem, especially with working and gundog breeds. That does not mean that you cannot correct recall problems, but it is always best to train early so the problem never occurs. I doubt if anyone could train a Collie to win a gundog field trial championship or a Labrador to win one man and his dog.
We imagine our dogs can always hear us clearly, that it is just selective deafness or stubbornness that is the cause of dogs ignoring recall commands. In actual fact genetics often takes over.
Then using the cupped palm of your right hand bring it to the dogs nose saying “Stay” very quietly three times.
With your index finger point to the dog and repeat “stay” Turn you back on the dog and walk a few yards away.
Then start  standing on it at different lengths whilst issuing the whistle command, so the dog thinks you are in control at all distances.
The dog will get the message that you are in control and cease chasing after a while. During all of this work, we must give the dog lots of praise, games and treats.
Get your friend, family member or partner to move 100 yards away then get them to blow the whistle to get the dog to come to them. Food games and affection are the great motivators for most dogs - begin by using the whistle to call the dog to each meal, even if it is eagerly sitting next to the bowl. Do not make the dog sit as it will think you are praising and treating the sit rather than the recall. This cue could save your dog’s life, end a possible dog fight and especially bring you peace of mind when you are in an appropriate place to have your dog off leash. Remember CPR Cue, Praise, Reward; as this is always the best way to teach your dog a new cue. Do this by doing some of his favorite things, be careful not to do things you love to do to your dog, these are fine for affection time, but not for our recall. As you increase the distance for your recall, if your dog is dawdling to come over to you, run away a few feet, but be excited and make it a game so your dog speeds up to chase you and finishes his recall.
Your praise should be very powerful to your dog at this point, especially if you have been training using CPR, because your praise is always followed by rewards. In this article, you’ll find out how to train your dog to stay closer and check in more often.
The technique will only work if you do not take your dog for any other kind of walk for at least a month. Better not to call him than to risk reminding him that he used to be the kind of dog that ignored you.


Wait until the dog is simply trotting about doing nothing in particular, and very close by to re-introduce your recall as a command. My question is will this work when we have a young tag-team of 8 mo lab x and 16 mo lab, both recent rescues. We got him when he was a very young pup and he is very well behaved around us and has always had a good recall. We have started on your gun dog training series the about turn walk works great but she will not come close enough to me to treat or praise.
The one thing both have in common is a great recall to be able to perform the tasks required of them..
Do this for a week or so and the dog will really start responding to the whistle and will come running eagerly back.
You will find all this training is  far easier with a Jingler, a simple device which uses sound therapy to make the dog concentrate on your commands and actions. You can test this out by petting and scratching your dog in different places and just see if he tends to move away from you or closer, for the areas he moves closer, these are his favorites! These leashes are great for teaching a dog his recall, but use caution as they can be thin, you may want to consider wearing gloves when using one, or even buying a horse lunge line to use because these tend to be thicker, but are the right length. It is always best to end with the treat, so clip on the leash and then give your dog a treat.
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Once your dog is very interested in you, back up a few steps, about the length of the leash, say your recall word, only once, and if your dog is happily following along praise, and then reward with a tasty treat.
Don’t use your “stay” cue to try and increase distance, because if we ask our dog to stay and walk away and call him to come we are weakening our stay cue. If your dog isn’t facing you and sniffing the ground away from you: COLD, if your dog even looks your way, WARMER, so give him a little praise, as soon as he looks your way tell him “Good Boy” and see if he continues to come your way, if he does it means he is getting warmer and warmer so up your praise along with what he is doing. I like to start indoors, with little distraction and I usually keep the dog on a 6 foot leach.
If your dog doesn’t come along with you, try to stay low and make some movement such as tapping the ground.
Practice your recall every single day, and try practicing in different places adding distance and distractions. If he is off his leed on a walk and he spots another person or dog before i have had chance to call him back he sprints of and we have absolutley no control over him. I didn’t catch him, just walked off in the opposite direction until he caught up with me, thentold him how wonderful he was for looking for me, gave him a small reward and a pat on the head and let him on his merry way .
The warm up should almost seem silly because it should be that easy for your dog to get right! Call your dog to come to you by saying your recall word only once and then encouraging your pup to come with fun noises, or tapping on the floor. You only need to practice for five minutes, we all have a spare five minutes, and it could save your dog’s life so it will be the best five minutes you have ever spent! A dog’s vision is attracted to motion so this will help, but try to make sure the movement is nice and low, don’t just clap your hands at full height because it will likely be out of the dog’s vision range. I will keep on at it but I think its a brilliant training trick my dogs both love it and the treats and praise at the end!



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