Here at Fenrir, we often speak about the importance of exercise. “Tired dogs are good”, is a saying that we like to use. But how can you tire out an energetic dog if you live in an apartment, or in a small townhouse? One of the best ways to do this is by allowing them time off-leash. Watching your dog enjoy themselves by running around, and playing with other dogs, is fun for everyone involved. What to do, however, if your dog not always comes back to you when called? In this article, we show you how to get your dog to come to you every single time – even in high distraction environments.
Teaching Your Dog The Perfect Recall
HOW CAN I TEACH MY DOG PERFECT RECALL?
WHY WON’T MY DOG COME WHEN CALLED?
Young puppies usually have no resistance to following their owners around, and to coming when called. But as they hit adolescence between six and 12 months of age, most dogs start challenging their owners. Dogs that had perfect recall before suddenly ignore our cues. And if you have an adult dog that routinely disregards your calls, this behaviour has already become an ingrained habit. Essentially, your dog has learned that running loose is far more fun than returning to you.
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HOW TO TEACH RELIABLE RECALL?
So, how can we get our dogs to come when called, no matter what is going on around them? As calm, consistent canine leaders, we can modify our dog’s habit of ignoring our calls. It may take time and patience, but it is well worth the effort. After all, everyone wants to have an obedient dog that comes to them on cue in all situations and circumstances. And here is how we can achieve perfect recall with dogs of any age.
1. Become A Calm, Consistent Canine Leader
2. Hone Your Dog-Training Skills
3. Teach A New Recall-Cue
If your dog’s recall has become unreliable, we recommend to entirely drop the cue you have been using so far: If you have been shouting: “Bosco, Come!”, or “Here!” and your dog has learned to ignore this cue, it is time to move on. You can either find an entirely new verbal cue – or switch to a dog training whistle. By ensuring this new recall signal never fails, you set your dog up to succeed. And this is crucial: Whatever you do, not once allow your dog to ignore your new recall signal! We cannot emphasise enough how important this principle is. This is why starting your training off with a good training leash is so important: The leash gives enough flex for the dog to venture off a little bit. And at the same time, it allows you to reel them in if necessary.
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