How to Teach Recall (or getting your dog to come back when called!!)

Recall (or getting your dog to come back when called) is one of the most important things you can teach your dog, and also needs the most work. A reliable recall can save your dogs life and can allow for off-lead walks which are beneficial for both dogs and owners.

Most recall problems stem from the dogs not being taught recall properly in the first place, or distractions being more interesting than the owner. The best way to teach a solid recall is in stages where you build up the level of distractions.

SOME RECALL TIPS;

  • TEACH A CONSISTENT RECALL CUE
  • SET YOUR DOG UP FOR SUCCESS – START IN AN ENCLOSED ENVIRONMENT WHERE THERE ARE NO
  • DISTRACTIONS AND SLOWLY INCREASE DISTRACTIONS AND DISTANCE
  • ALWAYS REWARD YOUR RECALL IMMEDIATELY WITH A REWARD APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR DOG
  • NEVER PUNISH YOUR DOG FOR COMING TO YOU AND NEVER RECALL YOUR DOG FOR SOMETHING
    NEGATIVE – E.G. NAILS CLIPPING
  • RECALL THROUGHOUT THE DAY FOR NICE THINGS – E.G. WALKIES, TEATIME!
  • DON’T ONLY RECALL AT THE END OF THE WALK – TREAT RECALL LIKE A GAME WHICH YOU PLAY
    THROUGHOUT YOUR WALK. SOMETIMES CLIP THE LEAD ON, SOMETIMES JUST REWARD.
  • PLAY RECALL GAMES WITH YOUR DOG – HIDE AND SEEK, PUPPY PING PONG, CHASE ME!
  • YOU MIGHT FIND A WHISTLE, SQUEAKY TOY OR LONG LINE USEFUL