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Effective Training Tips for Recall

Recall, or the ability to bring your dog back to you when called, is one of the most crucial commands your canine companion can learn. Whether you’re at the park, on a hike, or simply in your backyard, having a reliable recall can ensure your dog’s safety and strengthen your bond.

At The Wonderful World of Dogs, this month’s blog looks at effective training tips for recall. Visit us in South Shields.


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Understanding the Importance of Recall

Before diving into training techniques, it’s essential to understand why recall is so important. A strong recall can prevent your dog from running into dangerous situations.

Additionally, it allows you to maintain control and freedom during off-leash activities, providing both you and your dog with greater enjoyment and peace of mind.

Start with the Basics

Training a reliable recall begins with establishing a strong foundation. Start in a low-distraction environment, such as your home or garden, and use high-value treats or rewards to motivate your dog.

Begin by calling your dog’s name followed by the recall cue, such as “come” or “here.” When your dog responds and approaches you, reward them generously with praise and treats.

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Build Positive Associations

Make coming to you a rewarding and enjoyable experience for your dog. Incorporate fun games and activities into your training sessions, such as playing fetch or engaging in a game of tug-of-war after your dog returns to you.

By associating the recall command with positive experiences, you’ll motivate your dog to come back to you eagerly.

Gradually Increase Distractions

As your dog becomes more proficient at recall in low-distraction environments, gradually increase the level of distraction. Practice in different locations where there may be mild distractions, such as other dogs or people.

Use higher-value rewards in these situations to maintain your dog’s focus and reinforce their response to the recall cue.

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Proofing the Recall

To ensure reliability in real-world situations, it’s essential to proof your dog’s recall command in various environments and circumstances. Practice recall in different settings and use a long-line or leash initially to provide control and safety, gradually phasing it out as your dog becomes more reliable. Consistency and repetition are key to reinforcing the recall behaviour and building trust between you and your dog.

Addressing Challenges

It’s normal to encounter challenges and setbacks during recall training. If your dog becomes distracted or fails to respond to the recall cue, avoid punishment or scolding, as this can undermine their confidence and trust in you.

Instead, focus on reinforcing positive behaviours and providing gentle guidance and encouragement. Consider seeking the assistance of a professional dog trainer if you encounter persistent difficulties or behavioural issues.

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